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K-9 apprehends 3 suspects after high-speed pursuit by Port Angeles police

On June 1, 2010 just after 1:00 a.m., Corporal Ensor, of the Port Angeles Police Department, activated his emergency equipment to initiate a traffic stop on a car for various traffic infractions.  The vehicle had crossed the center line, failed to stop for a stop sign, and failed to use a turn signal.

The suspect vehicle then attempted to elude officers southbound on Mt. Angeles Road and continued south on Hurricane Ridge Road at speeds between 70 and 80 mph in thick fog. Due to visibility and safety concerns, officers preceded at safer speeds, temporarily losing the suspect vehicle.  The vehicle was later located, unoccupied.  The occupants had fled on foot into the woods.

Port Angeles Police Officer Allen Brusseau and K-9 Kilo tracked the three occupants for over a mile through the woods and located one of the occupant's backpacks that they left behind.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, Kenneth James Elofson-Gibertson, was arrested for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, driving while license suspended second degree, and on an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  One of the two passengers was arrested on a warrant for his arrest and the other was later released.


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