Routine Seatbelt Stop Leads to Criminal Activity

WSPlogo2A trooper in Mason County saw a quick traffic stop for a seatbelt violation turn into much more Friday afternoon. The end result-eventually- was the suspect being arrested and booked into the Mason County Jail on multiple criminal charges. There was, however, a little action between the initial attempted traffic stop and the jail. No such thing as a routine stop is how it goes.

Just before noon on February 5, 2016 the trooper attempted to stop a Green 1993 Honda on North US101 near Lynch Rd, the driver not wearing a seatbelt. The driver elected not to stop for the trooper’s emergency lights and a short pursuit ensued. The trooper eventually terminated the pursuit after the suspect began driving into oncoming lanes and at one point speeds reaching 100 mph. Within 15 minutes the now unoccupied vehicle was located by an assisting Department of Wildlife officer on Lynch Rd near Arcadia Rd.

Troopers and Wildlife officers were able to locate the suspect in the area after a resident in area called in reporting a suspicious person walking through the property. The Honda driven by the suspect was reported stolen out of Thurston County. Arresting officers located burglary tools in the vehicle, including “shaved” house keys, bolt cutters, crow bar and brass knuckles. In addition to the tools, evidence of Identity theft were located to include photo copied driver licenses and other personal information.

The suspect, whose driver license was suspended, was booked into the Mason County Jail for Felony Eluding, Vehicle Theft and DWLS. Troopers are still investigating for further potential criminal charges.