• Suspects arrested on drug, financial crimes after 120 mph chase


    MASON COUNTY, Wash. - Investigators in Mason County are trying to track down victims after a police chase netted two suspects in a number of crimes, including felony drug crimes, identity theft, financial card theft, stolen checks and possession of financial card-altering equipment.

    Troopers say the chase involving a stolen Lexus started Sept. 20 on northbound US 101 near Cloquallam Road when the driver refused to pull over for a traffic stop.

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    Speeds reached an excess of 120 mph with the suspects running traffic lights and passing drivers on the shoulder.

    Troopers ended the chase when the Lexus exited to westbound SR 108 and caused a three-car crash while trying to pass several drivers. No one was hurt.

    The stolen Lexus was later found near west Elk Ridge Road and West Hurley Waldrip Road by a state Fish and Wildlife officer. A man was detained. 

    A woman was found in a wooded location nearby, with the help of the Mason County Sheriff's Office K-9 Solo.

    Deputies transported her to the Mason County Jail after receiving treatment for a dog bite. The 28-year-old woman had $28,000 in outstanding misdemeanor warrants.    

    A search warrant was obtained for the Lexus and troopers recovered an ounce of methamphetamine, five grams of heroin, six Suboxone strips, $656 in cash, more than 70 fraudulent debit and credit cards, stolen checks, false ID cards, multiple smartphones, financial card-altering equipment, evidence of identity theft and financial card fraud and drug crimes. 

    Troopers and detectives are in the process of determining the number and identities of possible victims as well as possible additional felony charges.

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