EVERETT — A Gold Bar man allegedly bragged that he reached speeds of 130 mph Wednesday while leading police on a chase that ended in a crash along U.S. 2.
The suspect, 18, and his alleged accomplice, 21, were in a stolen car. They now are under investigation for using force to rob two men of their vehicles in separate incidents in north Everett earlier this week, court papers show.
The chase began after Monroe police spotted the pair around 3 p.m. Wednesday at a gas station at U.S. 2 and Lewis Street. The officer knew the Honda Accord had been reported stolen.
When he attempted to make a traffic stop, the driver took off, headed east along U.S. 2, at times driving in the westbound lanes, Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.
Officers said they ended the chase just before the stolen car flew off the highway, crashing into a Burlington Northern Santa Fe signal box near W. Fern Bluff Road.
The driver ran, but was captured. So was the passenger.
The driver, the younger of the pair, allegedly told police that he hit 130 mph during the pursuit. He initially claimed that he found the car, running with the keys in the ignition, in Everett earlier in the week.
Later, the man reportedly admitted that he took the car Monday evening after accosting its owner, court paper show.
The victim told police that he had felt sick while driving home from work, and he stopped to park in the 3700 block of Broadway. He was awakened by somebody who pulled him from the car, beat him, and drove away.
The day before, the driver of an Isuzu Trooper told police he was approached in the 2100 block of Everett Avenue by a man who asked for help jump-starting his car. He was out of his vehicle trying to assist when he was attacked by two men who knocked him down and drove away in his vehicle.
The Isuzu was recovered in Gold Bar, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said Thursday.
Both suspects were booked for investigation of second-degree robbery after they reportedly confessed to taking the vehicles by force, court papers said.