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Man charged in two-county, high-speed pursuit

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 30, 2010 at 11:44 am |
August 30, 2010 11:44 am

From the catch-up file …

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old man after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase from the southern end of Pierce County to south King County early Thursday.

Charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle were filed against Serhiy O. Prostokin on Friday.

Charging documents provide the following information:

A Washington State Patrol trooper was stopped at the Mounts Road on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 about 1 a.m. Thursday. The trooper spotted a motorcycle speeding north, passing vehicles.

The trooper got onto the highway and paced the motorcyclist going 80 to 90 mph in a 60 mph zone. The rider increased his speed from 95 mph to 100 mph.

The trooper activated his emergency lights and sirens as the motorcyclist approached state Route 512. Other troopers had been notified of the speeding motorcycle.

The rider appeared to begin to yield, then got off I-5 and onto eastbound SR 512. He accelerated back up to 95 to 100 mph. Other troopers joined the pursuit.

“The defendant continued to travel from shoulder to shoulder … passing vehicles on the shoulder and going between vehicles to avoid having to slow or stop,” charging documents state.

The rider cut off drivers at Meridian, the Ainsworth overpass and state Route 410.  Troopers pursued the motorcyclist from SR 512 to northbound state Route 167. The rider crossed in front of a semi truck on the ramp from SR 167 to eastbound state Route 18.

Another trooper picked up the pursuit as the rider headed east at 100 mph. The motorcyclist got off the highway at 312th Street, ran a stop signed and turned right. At the T-intersection of 304th Street and 148th Avenue Southeast, the motorcyclist was unable to slow down enough to make the turn.

He laid his motorcycle down. A trooper stopped his vehicle and ordered the rider to remain on the ground at gunpoint.

The rider, identified as Prostokin, told troopers he was scared and that’s why he fled.

The motorcycle’s owner had reported it stolen to Federal Way police.

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