May 18, 1998

Local News

Boyfriend crashes truck; girlfriend arrested

  by Andrew Walgamott
Staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--It wasn't a good week for a 19-year-old Marysville woman. Not only was her truck involved in a police pursuit and subsequent crash but she was arrested for false reporting. It all began May 11 at the Woodinville Boston Market where the woman, an employee there, reported her 1995 GMC Sonoma stolen. She told Woodinville police that she had lent her keys to a coworker, a 15-year-old Snohomish boy she described as a ridesharer, to get something from the truck.
   She said she didn't give him permission to take the truck. But the boy and the vehicle disappeared afterwards. This was about 8 p.m. Meanwhile, an Edmonds motorcycle cop spotted the boy and the driver of another vehicle allegedly speeding on a residential street around 7:20 p.m., according to officer Michael Bard of the Edmonds Police Department.
   Police attempted to pull both vehicles over but the boy sped off at up to 50 mph through a neighborhood, Bard said. The boy failed to stop at a stop sign then turned into oncoming traffic where he had to drive onto the shoulder to avoid a collision. He hit a house and ricocheted into a tree but was able to flee on foot for two blocks before officers caught him, Bard said.
   The boy was booked for felony eluding. The truck's front end was totaled, and the woman's insurance won't cover the damage because the boy was an unlicensed driver, Bard said. According to Det. Pat Raftis of the King County Sheriff's Office, it turns out the pair are boyfriend and girlfriend, and that she had given him permission to take the truck. The woman will be charged with two misdemeanors, obstruction of law enforcement and allowing an unlicensed driver to use her vehicle, Raftis said.