Police: Naked homeless man goes on two high-speed chases

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A naked homeless man pulled over for failing to use his turn signal ended up speeding away from police not once but twice and nearly ran over a deputy while doing so, according to police.

The North Bend man, Jeffrey Sherrill, is a familiar face among King County police, according to court documents. Sherrill often camps throughout King County and was wanted in a DUI case and driving with a suspended license.

The deputy asked Sherrill to get out of the car because he was under arrest, court documents show.

Police say that Sherrill was completely naked when he was pulled over and he told the officer who asked him to get out, "That isn't going to happen."

Sherrill reached for the ignition and the officer reached inside to grab the wheel to keep him from driving off, but while the officer's arm was in the car Sherrill quickly pushed the gas, nearly dragging the officer along with him, prosecutors said. That led to a high-speed chase, but police lost Sherrill down a graveled road.

Hours later, police say they got a call that Sherrill was seen in the same van near a park not far away.

When deputies showed up, Sherrill was hiding behind the passenger seat. But as soon as police tried to break the driver's side window, investigators say he jumped into the driver's seat again and quickly reversed the van, narrowly missing an officer.

An officer shot toward the car and Sherrill let off the gas, ending the chase, court documents show.

Sherrill was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to the back of the head and is expected to survive.

Sherrill has been charged with third-degree assault, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

His arraignment, where Sherrill is expected to enter a plea, is set for later this month.