Suspect allegedly smiled at officer, tried to run him over

CLEARVIEW — A Federal Way man who was shot in the shoulder last year after a 44-mile police chase that ended in a gas station parking lot here allegedly looked directly at a Washington State Patrol trooper and smiled before trying to run the law officer down.

Joseph R. Young, 51, was unsuccessful and reportedly remained in his truck after being hit by a bullet Dec. 16. He could be seen smoking what appeared to be a marijuana pipe and kept trying to drive away on his truck’s flattened tires until there was nothing but smoke and sparks coming from the rims, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Mara Rozanno said.

Despite his wound, when Young clambered from the rig he put up such a fight that he was only wrestled into handcuffs after being zapped twice by a Taser, the prosecutor wrote.

She charged Young this week with felony second-degree assault and attempting to elude police.

The Snohomish County Superior Court papers say the chase began along I-5 when Young’s truck blasted past a trooper at 105 mph. The pursuit passed through Everett, Smokey Point and Arlington before heading south past Snohomish and into Clearview.

Along the way, police flattened the truck’s tires, but it continued on. The truck eventually stopped in a parking lot in Clearview. Troopers poured out of their patrol cars and moved in to make the arrest, Rozanno said.

“Both troopers were yelling at the defendant to get out of the truck, that he was under arrest,” she wrote. The trooper who shot Young “indicated in his report that the defendant then looked directly at him, smiled, jammed the truck into gear and began accelerating.”

Video shows the truck’s wheels turning toward the trooper, who jumped away and fired two shots, Rozanno said.

The truck’s driver then appeared to try pull away from the lot, but apparently wasn’t able to get traction.

After his arrest, Young told detectives he had only fleeting memories of what led up to the gunfire. He also -->

More in Local News

A wobbly calf grows into a 1,800-pound Lake Stevens behemoth

A shaggy and sometimes cranky bison is the last of his herd. He lives amid encroaching suburbia.

Elderly couple escape serious injuries in crash with train

The driver drove down tracks instead of a road, hitting a slow-moving train near Stanwood.

Officials ID man shot and killed in apparent Everett robbery

Police believe the victim may have known the shooter, who drove away before the officers arrived.

Man, 60, in critical condition after Bothell crash

Police believe the driver may have been speeding when he hit a rock wall.

Missing Marysville woman found safe out of state

A Marysville senior who was reported missing in March has… Continue reading

FBI operation arrests 3 linked to exploitation of 32 women

The sting focused on Everett and other cities in Snohomish, King, Pierce, Skagit and Spokane counties.

Front Porch

EVENTS Seahawks event postponed A Toys for Tots Blue Friday fundraiser that… Continue reading

Man arrested in Monroe Walmart robbery; second suspect flees

The pair fled in a stolen Mitsubishi Lancer with a distinctive green spray paint job.

Dead boy’s ‘gentle giant’ uncle helped search, then confessed

Andrew Henckel, 19, of Texas, said he planned the drowning of Dayvid Pakko, 6. His bail is $1 million.

Most Read