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Published on June 22nd, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene


Bremerton Driver Arrested After Having An ‘Awesome Time’ Eluding Police

A Bremerton man who had an “awesome time” eluding police during a car chase through Bremerton Tuesday night.

Police arrested Jeremy Andrus, 31, of Bremerton, after he allegedly led police on a high-speed car chase. He was jailed on $200,000 bail.

Here’s what happened, according to a press release from the Bremerton Police Department:

Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run collision with serious injuries in the area of Wheaton Way and Sheridan Avenue. Police were told to be on the lookout for a white Mitsubishi Lancer, as people called into 911 to say they’d seen the suspect’s vehicle, dragging its bumper, running stop signs  on Rickey Road near Sylvan Way.

An officer arrived on the scene of the hit-and-run, and determined the suspect had hit two vehicles, and that at least one person had head injuries and was vomiting.

Officers were advised that the suspect had stolen the vehicle from incorporated Kitsap County, north of the city, and that sheriff’s deputies had been pursuing the vehicle. They reportedly discontinued the chase when the suspect reached a reported speed of 80 mph.

Officers located the suspect’s vehicle, headed southbound on Wheaton Way south of McWilliams Road; it had left and re-entered the city limits.

Police determined the driver “had committed violent and dangerous felonies,” authorizing officers to perform a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver — a specialized driving maneuver in which a patrol car bumps the feeling vehicle, causing it to spin, and other officers box the car in to prevent it from leaving — to end the pursuit.

The vehicle drove recklessly southbound on Wheaton Way, and officers used the PIT technique in an attempt to stop the vehicle at the north end of the Wheaton Way bridge, but the driver regained control of the car and continued driving southbound.

Officers tried the PIT maneuver again at the south end of the bridge, and were successful this time, pinning the vehicle against a curb. Officers approached the car and attempted to arrest the driver. He held his hands up at first, indicating he would comply, but he then pulled his hands back in and “actively resisted arrest.”

Officers Tasered the driver in order to remove his hands from the steering wheel. He was taken into jail.

Officers reported that the suspect smiled and said the pursuit was “an awesome time.”

“We take any pursuit very seriously, and we have a very restrictive policy, but when the driver shows absolutely no regard for safety, has already injured people, and shows every intent to go on injuring other people with his reckless actions, we have no choice but to stop it as soon as possible,” said Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan. “Although the suspect doesn’t seem to care about anyone else’s safety, this is another example of the split-second decisions officers need to make in very dangerous situations. Our officers acted quickly and appropriately.”

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