EVERETT — It’s anyone’s guess if Jerry Bogart will show up for court next week.
The convicted felon is in trouble again, and he’s not one for stopping for police or making his court dates.
Bogart bailed out of jail shortly after his March 23 arrest. He is accused of punching a man in the face and shooting at him for good measure. Bogart then allegedly led police on a slow-speed chase on I-5 before a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy could ram Bogart’s 1978 Chevy Nova into submission.
Over the years police have chased Bogart, 39, across miles of Snohomish County roads. He once tried to outrun the cops behind the wheel of a 23-foot stolen motor home. He struck and killed a dog and narrowly missed hitting police officers in another pursuit.
Bogart was released from prison just about a year ago. He did a three-year stretch for some burglaries and trying to outrun the cops from Lake Stevens to north Everett.
He’s facing an even longer sentence if he’s convicted of first-degree assault and two unlawful weapons charges. He is scheduled to answer to those charges Monday.
Prosecutors plan to ask for $250,000 bail, saying Bogart was armed with two guns and continues to be a danger to the community.
Detectives reportedly found a .22-caliber revolver and a 12-gauge shotgun in Bogart’s Nova. They suspect that Bogart used the revolver to take a potshot at a drug customer.
The man told police that he planned to meet up with Bogart to buy $150 worth of methamphetamine. Bogart reportedly tossed a cigarette pack into the open window of the man’s car. The customer handed over some cash. That’s when Bogart punched the man in the face and called him a rat.
The man admitted to detectives that he struck Bogart’s car as he was driving away because he was mad about getting sucker-punched.
Bogart allegedly pulled a gun from his pocket and shot at the other man, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Elise Deschenes wrote. One of the bullets hit the fleeing car.
The man reported the shooting to police. He also informed them that Bogart called him after the gunfire. Bogart allegedly left the man a message, asking if he was OK and requesting that he call Bogart back.
The defendant must have thought he hung up the phone, but his conversation with a third party was recorded in the message.
Bogart allegedly said, he was “gonna kill him,” and “I just tried to kill him,” according to a search warrant.
The man told police that the cigarette pack contained what appeared to be drugs but it turned out to be salt.
Police issued a bulletin seeking Bogart’s arrest. A few hours later a Tulalip Tribal Police officer spotted Bogart’s Nova northbound on the freeway near Marysville. Other officers converged on the freeway, shutting it down as Bogart continued north. Eventually, a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy struck the side of Bogart’s car to disable it. The Nova spun out and Bogart was taken into custody.
He allegedly had seven shotgun shells in his pocket. Detectives later searched his car and found the two guns, ammunition, pills and a cellphone, according to a search warrant.
Bogart was booked into the county jail and bail was set at $150,000. He was able to post bail and remains out of custody.
This could be a second strike for Bogart. He has a second-degree assault conviction from 2004. He swung a wooden ax handle at a man who said he was trying to stop Bogart from stealing some speakers. Bogart was chased off after the man pulled a gun and fired into the ground.
Before that, Bogart spent time in prison for a 1999 crime spree. He’d led police on a high-speed chase while driving a $50,000 motor home that was stolen out of Skagit County. Bogart got the motor home up to 95 mph. An accomplice broke out a rear window and threw stuff at pursuing police cars. Bogart tried to ram a deputy’s patrol car while yelling obscenities at cops. He eventually jumped from the moving RV and forced his way into a Granite Falls house. The homeowner knocked Bogart down and held him there until police arrived.
Bogart has 14 prior felony convictions and more than two dozen misdemeanors. He has failed to appear for 28 different court hearings, Deschenes wrote.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; email@example.com. Twitter: @dianahefley.
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