• Police: Yelm woman arrested after trying to run over deputy


    YELM, Wash. -  

    Quick Facts:


    • 19-year-old Elora Burgess is suspect
    • Police say Burgess tried to run over family members, deputy
    • Police pursuit ended with her arrest


    Thurston County deputies said they arrested a Yelm woman Sunday night after she attacked family members and tried to run over a deputy.

    Deputies were called to the 14000 block of Yelm Highway about 6:45 p.m. for a report of a domestic dispute and threats of suicide.

    The first deputy who arrived said he saw a 19-year-old woman, later identified as Elora Burgess, driving erratically in the yard and toward family members.

    The deputy said he stopped at the gate as Burgess began to drive toward it and ordered her to stop, but she sped toward him, forcing him to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

    Burgess then fled in the car, police said.

    Burgess’ car was found nearby by a Yelm police officer who tried to stop her, but she refused to stop and a short pursuit back toward the home began.

    A deputy came to help the Yelm officer, and as the chase neared the home, a Pursuit Intervention Technique was tried, but failed.

    As Burgess tried to drive back into the driveway of the house, the deputy used another technique to end the pursuit.

    Burgess was taken into custody and later booked at the Thurston County Jail on two counts for first-degree assault, one count of fourth-degree assault and eluding.

    The family member was treated at the scene. The deputy was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital for evaluation and released.

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