Sequim man arrested after high-speed pursuit

A 20-year-old Sequim man was arrested after an 11-mile high-speed chase Sunday, Sept. 5, from Dryke Road in Sequim to the end of the pavement on Deer Park Road in Port Angeles.

Sean Anderson pleaded not guilty in Clallam County Superior Court on Sept. 10 to charges of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and driving under the influence.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a trooper saw a car driven by Anderson in the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 101 near Dryke Road and clocked it at 80 mph in a 55-mph zone. The trooper, Officer Grant Clark, who was driving eastbound, turned around and followed Anderson with his lights flashing.

Anderson sped up to 90 mph. Clark turned on his siren and requested additional units for the pursuit.

Anderson's car swerved in the lanes before he turned south on Deer Park Road, where he drove in the north and southbound lanes for eight miles. Clark said Anderson was going 80 mph up the road, which is zoned 35 and 45 mph.

When he reached the end of the pavement, Anderson failed to negotiate a turn and crashed his car.

Anderson and a passenger got out and ran, with Clark in pursuit, according to the report. After he yelled at Anderson and displayed his stun gun, Anderson stopped and was placed in custody, Clark said.

Anderson was identified by his suspended Arizona driver's license, Clark said in the report.

Anderson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, eluding a police officer, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, obstructing a law enforcement officer and driving while license suspended.

He was booked into the Clallam County jail where he remains in lieu of $5,000 bail.

A trial is scheduled for Nov. 1.

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