A Port Orchard man arrested after 100-mph chase through Clallam and Jefferson counties has entered a not-guilty plea to claims of possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing a law enforcement …
A Port Orchard man arrested after 100-mph chase through Clallam and Jefferson counties has entered a not-guilty plea to claims of possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing a law enforcement officer, first-degree driving with a suspended license, and second-degree criminal trespassing.
Evan Skyler King, 24, was arrested just after 4 a.m. Monday, March 20 after a police pursuit that started on US Highway 101 in Clallam County but came to a close when a Jefferson County sheriff’s drone found King hiding in a heavy brush in a creek bed north of Quilcene.
King had originally been arrested on suspicion of attempting to elude a police vehicle, motor vehicle theft, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of drugs, first-degree driving with a suspended license, failure to stop/obey a police officer, obstructing a police officer, and criminal trespassing.
At King’s arraignment in Jefferson County Superior Court on
March 31, King’s attorney, Lillian Powers, entered pleadings of not guilty to the four charges.
King’s trial was set to start May 22.
Prosecutors allege that King was in possession of a stolen car during the chase where King was allegedly behind the wheel of a 2000 Honda Accord that had reported stolen a day earlier in Port Orchard.
Authorities said King had three juvenile passengers in the Honda as it eluded officers in Clallam County and then crossed over into Jefferson County, and that King sped away at speeds of more than 100 mph.
The driver of the Honda eventually pulled into a private driveway north of Quilcene and a pursuing deputy saw three people bail out of the Honda just as it stopped.
Suspected burglar tools were found in the Honda, according to a deputy’s report.
Two of the occupants of the car, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old, were found hiding under the porch of the home not far from where it had come to a stop.
One of the juveniles had been reported as a runaway and was wanted on warrants. The other teen was released to a family member.
The driver of the car, later identified as King, was found hiding on the other side of a creek bed in heavy brush after Jefferson County deputies brought in a drone to look for him.