Man arrested after chase also wanted on warrants

CATHCART — A man arrested after fleeing from police on his motorcycle Tuesday morning also was wanted on warrants for escaping community custody and not paying child support.

The man, 31, of Snohomish, was booked into Snohomish County Jail about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The pursuit started about 2:15 a.m. and wound around the Cathcart and south Snohomish area until the man surrendered about 20 minutes later.

A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy first crossed paths with the man near the intersection of 164th Street SE and Highway 9, court papers show.

At the time, the deputy was checking on businesses in the area. The day before, two early-morning armed robberies had been reported at convenience stores in Maltby and Woodinville. The deputy planned to keep an eye on stores in the area and look for anything suspicious in case the robber struck again.

The deputy then saw the man walking in a parking lot near a convenience store. The man reportedly saw the deputy, stopped abruptly and began walking in the opposite direction.

The deputy made a U-turn and drove into the parking lot, but the man got onto a motorcycle and began to leave. The deputy then noticed the motorcycle was missing a license plate.

As the motorcycle pulled onto the highway, the deputy turned on the emergency lights and attempted to pull it over.

The ensuing chase led westbound down 164th Street SE. At one point, the man pulled over and appeared to be about to surrender but then took off again once the deputy pulled up next to him, court papers said.

The pursuit then went down 65th Avenue SE, where the man reportedly drove his motorcycle down a small pedestrian path and the deputy could not follow.

By that time, police had converged on the area, and other deputies found the motorcyclist along Puget Park Drive. The chase was back on, taking several routes until the man ultimately stopped near the corner of 168th Street SE and 23rd Avenue SE, between Mill Creek and Bothell. He was arrested without further incident.

He reportedly told deputies at the scene that he was an “idiot” for running. He told them about his warrants, which matched what was in their database. The man also told them that during the pursuit, he had crashed and hurt his foot but kept going.

The man was taken to a local hospital and treated for a foot fracture before being booked for investigation of attempting to elude police and his warrants.

Initial police reports misstated some details about where the pursuit took place and when the man had crashed.

The convenience store robberies remain under investigation.

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