By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EVERETT — A man suspected of driving while he was high on methamphetamine stands accused of ramming a patrol car early Tuesday morning during a high-speed chase.
A Snohomish County deputy sheriff first tried to stop the man in the 15000 block of 44th Avenue W. near Lynnwood after he nearly caused two collisions, court papers said.
That’s when the driver of the 1995 Honda Civic accelerated. He allegedly ran multiple stop signs and red lights on Highway 99, Fourth Avenue W., Holly Road and Casino Road.
At one point, it appeared a deputy had the car hemmed in on a dead-end street, but the driver swerved and struck the front fender of the patrol car, court papers said.
The Honda eventually spun out on a patch of lawn in front of a storage facility and was stopped by another patrol car in the 500 block of 132nd Street SW.
“A deputy drove into the side of the Civic so he couldn’t get out,” Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.
The suspect, 31, was arrested for investigation of attempting to elude police, drug possession and auto theft.
“There were drugs in plain view in the front seat of the car,” Ireton said.
The Everett man insisted he found bags of meth in the car and they were not his.
A deputy, however, found several empty bags in his pocket that were the same as the full ones on the driver’s seat, court papers said.
Deputies also asked the suspect about the car he was driving. He said he borrowed it from a friend but would not say who it belonged to and where and when he borrowed it. The license plates didn’t match the vehicle identification number.
Police were able to track down the owner who said the car had been stolen from his apartment complex parking lot.
A deputy wrote that the suspect “fell asleep multiple times” while being interviewed by police.
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