Suspect in pursuit has history of eluding police

EVERETT — A Duvall man accused of trying to run over a Bothell officer Tuesday before speeding away is no stranger to police chases, records show.

Joseph Medoro, 31, has two convictions for attempting to elude police among his 11 felonies, according to state Department of Corrections records.

On Tuesday, a Bothell police officer fired one shot from his service firearm after the driver of a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am allegedly accelerated, “aiming the vehicle directly toward him,” according to court records.

Police believe Medoro was the driver. A judge on Wednesday set bail at $100,000 in Everett District Court.

Medoro has been jailed for investigation of assault and eluding. He also was wanted on a felony warrant.

The officer stopped the car shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday because it had expired license plate tabs. The stop was made in the 2100 block of 228th Street SE, just southeast of where I-405 crosses the Bothell-Everett Highway.

The officer realized the man matched the description of a suspect featured in a recent law enforcement bulletin, court papers said. Medoro had a no-bail warrant from the Department of Corrections for escaping custody.

When the officer walked toward the car, the driver accelerated toward him, according to court papers.

The officer “was in fear of his life and fired,” court papers said.

The bullet struck the driver’s side door latch of the suspect’s car. The chase was on.

Police said the car reached speeds up to 75 mph in a neighborhood with a 25 mph limit. The driver ditched the car in the 16500 block of 26th Drive SE, south of Mill Creek.

The distance from where the chase started and the car was found is 5.4 miles.

Medoro was arrested after being found and bitten in the right shoulder by a Lynnwood police dog, court papers said,

The incident led to a call-out of the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, a group of detectives from around the county who investigate officer-involved shootings.

In 2004, Medoro pleaded guilty in an attempting to elude case out of Snohomish County. He admitted leading Mountlake Terrace police on a chase in a Lincoln Continental that ended near the Evergreen Point Bridge, which was closed for maintenance.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com.

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