Suspect flees onto Central Market

POULSBO — Man’s best friend isn’t so friendly when you’re a suspect fleeing from Poulsbo police officers.

A man was chased down by police through the city of Poulsbo by car and on foot early morning April 3. In the end, police cars, officers and Tasers weren’t able to stop him.

Rather, a skilled police dog nabbed the runner.

Logan Matthew Lake, 22 of Belfair has been charged in Kitsap County District Court with attempting to elude pursuing police, second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission, and possession of methamphetamine.

A Poulsbo police officer reportedly passed Lake at 12:53 a.m. as he was driving northbound in a Chevy pickup truck on Caldart Avenue. The officer allegedly saw the truck weave into the oncoming lane and straddle the center line.

When the officer turned around to pursue the truck, the truck sped up and blew through a stop sign at Caldart Avenue and Hostmark Street. After the officer turned on his emergency lights, the truck continued to speed up, traveling at 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. The truck continued, driving through a red light as it turned onto Lincoln Road and headed to Highway 305 where it turned northbound without stopping, swaying into the oncoming highway lane in order negotiate the turn at high speed.

The officer continued pursuit as the truck fled onto Forest Rock Lane and quickly turned into the Taco Time parking lot. It entered through the drive-thru lane of the fast food restaurant, going the wrong way.

The truck then hopped over the curb, out of the drive-thru lane, and into a neighboring ditch. A Poulsbo police officer reportedly saw Lake exit the truck through the driver’s side window, which was broken out.

A second Poulsbo officer joined the pursuit at this point.

Lake then allegedly ran up a nearby embankment and hopped a fence. Officers chased and attempted to Taser the man on the run, but were unsuccessful. Lake turned toward the Central Market where he allegedly ran up a flight of stairs and climbed onto the roof of the grocery store.

A K-9 unit with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office was soon called in to assist with the chase. An officer with the Bainbridge Island Police Department also came to assist.

Despite officers pleading for him to come down, Lake “continued running around on top of the building,” according to a report by the arresting officer.

Police circled the building, shining flashlights on the fleeing suspect at times before he would disappear on the roof again. Central Market employees were notified that a suspect was on the roof and the store was locked down.

Eventually, Lake allegedly jumped off the roof near the market’s loading dock and ran back toward the Taco Bell. Police unleashed the sheriff’s K-9 officer, which reportedly chased Lake down and apprehended the man near Taco Time, where the truck was abandoned.

Medics were called in to patch up Lake’s leg where the dog reportedly made contact to take him down. Lake was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton for treatment of a dog bite.

Lake allegedly admitted to deputies that he stole the Chevy truck. He reportedly said he found it with the door unlocked and the keys in the ignition. When he came to a stop, he kicked the window out because he thought it was a “bait car.”

A bait car is used by law enforcement agencies to tempt car thieves into stealing them. The cars are usually easy targets, but when a thief takes the bait, they can be remotely shut off and trap the thief inside.

The truck involved in the Poulsbo incident was not a bait car. Still, Lake suspected the car was bait and broke the driver’s side window out assuming he was being trapped inside after the chase, according to Sgt. John Halsted of the Poulsbo Police Department.

Lake said that he is on probation, used meth recently, and missed a check-in for his probation the day prior, according to the report. A plastic bag with white powder was discovered with Lake. It tested positive for meth, according to the police report.

Lake reportedly told officers that he “didn’t want to go to jail and was freaking out, trying everything to get away.”

The chase lasted a total of 1.8 miles.

Lake was booked into the Kitsap County Jail. Bail has been set at $100,000.

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