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GOLD BAR – A man pulled over for not wearing his seat belt landed himself in a lot more trouble Friday when he ran from the State Patrol – sparking a manhunt that involved multiple law enforcement agencies, an aircraft and search dogs.

The 30-year-old Kenmore man was still on the lam Friday, said trooper Kirk Rudeen.

He initially cooperated with the State Patrol when he was pulled over at 6 a.m. on U.S. 2 near Gold Bar. However, as the trooper approached the silver SUV for the second time, the driver took off. The trooper trailed him for two miles, until the man pulled off the highway and turned into a housing development east of Gold Bar.

The officer called for backup and was joined by more troopers, a police-dog handler from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and an aircraft.

They found the SUV, but couldn’t track the driver. Rudeen said he probably ran away.

The woman who owned the SUV was a passenger during the pursuit. Troopers found her near the SUV. The 46-year-old Redmond woman was questioned and released.

Police searched for the man for about two hours.

He is wanted on an outstanding warrant, as well as possible charges related to Friday’s chase, Rudeen said.

A 32-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of watching women in tanning booths and a dressing room.

Police believe the man, who recently moved to Everett, has gone into tanning rooms occupied by women three times since mid-February, Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said. Investigators believe he also watched women changing in a dressing room at the Everett Mall.

The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of four counts of voyeurism.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the Everett Police Department tip line at 425-257-8541.

Police are investigating a report of an attempted child abduction at an Everett school.

Police were called to Immaculate Conception-Our Lady of Perpetual Help School about 9:40 a.m. Friday after a girl told school officials a man tried to grab her inside the school gym, Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said.

The girl said the man tried to pull her toward a door, but walked away after she screamed, Goetz said.

Police searched the area but didn’t make any arrests.

The man is described as white and in his 60s, standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He had gray hair and was wearing brown pants, a green checkered sweatshirt and a black vest. He reportedly left the school walking north.

Pat Green, the school’s principal, has mailed letters to parents of students about the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Everett Police Department tip line at 425-257-8541.

A 63-year-old Bothell man died Friday afternoon when he reportedly was crushed by a backhoe outside his home.

The man was trying to unload a backhoe from a flat-bed trailer about 3:30 p.m. in the 21400 block of 45th Ave. SE when he fell. The backhoe slid off the trailer and fell on top of him, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Battalion Chief Rob Fisher said.

Firefighters arrived and performed CPR but could not revive him. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner pronounced him dead at the scene.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death.

From Herald staff reports

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