Man accused of kidnapping is arrested after high-speed chase

“It was like a scene out of Mario Kart,” a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy wrote. Speeds reportedly reached 100 mph.

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STANWOOD — A Stanwood man suspected of kidnapping and assault was arrested Tuesday after leading police on a high-speed chase.

The man, 33, was accused of forcing a former partner into his car Saturday in Lake Stevens, beating her and threatening to kill her, according to a police report. He reportedly let her go the next day.

On Tuesday, a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy noticed the man’s white Toyota at a gas station on Old Pacific Highway north of Stanwood. Knowing police were investigating the man for first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault, the deputy tried to pull the man over when he drove out of the gas station, according to the deputy’s report.

Instead, the driver reportedly accelerated, going north on Old Pacific Highway. The deputy pursued.

The driver threw garbage and other items out the car window, according to police — including a 4-foot piece of metal.

“It was like a scene out of Mario Kart,” the deputy wrote in his report.

The deputy tried a PIT maneuver — striking a back corner of the Toyota to make it spin out — but the driver kept going. Police tried to lay spikes, but that wasn’t successful either.

Speeds reached 100 mph, the deputy noted. At one point, the man weaved into oncoming traffic. At another, he forced two vehicles to swerve out of the way to avoid hitting his car, according to the deputy’s report.

Finally, the man pulled into his driveway and ran. The deputy sent his police dog after the man. But the dog reportedly bit a witness on the forearm. The deputy reported he got the dog to let go “immediately.”

The suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail in Everett for investigation of the kidnapping and assault allegations, as well as attempting to elude police and for warrants from a previous eluding case.

The man was previously convicted of trying to elude police in 2008. He was in jail on Wednesday.

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