Troopers finally get their man

"You can run and you can drive really, really fast but you can't hide from the law.A Freeland man discovered this after leading a couple of state troopers on a high-speed car chase in a stolen pickup followed by a lower-speed foot chase across Whidbey Island July 22.Timothy Pierson escaped from the police that day, but was caught just five days later while trying to lie low.Pierson, 32, pleaded guilty Dec. 1 to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill sentenced him to three months in jail, plus 240 hours of community service.State Trooper H. D. Nelson wrote that he and another trooper chased the stolen pickup at high speeds, going over 60 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone. Pierson leaned his head out of the window and yelled profanities at the trooper during the pursuit.According to Nelson, Pierson lost control of the truck in a grassy lawn and spun it 180 degrees. Pierson immediately got out of the pickup and ran away. Nelson pursued Pierson on foot, but lost him after he jumped over a ditch. Five county deputies and three troopers searched for Pierson for over two hours, but weren't able to find him.The passenger in the truck was arrested at the scene, but she refused to identify the driver. Since the pickup was stolen, investigators didn't know who the out-of-control driver was.Until July 27. A deputy arrested Pierson, along with the passenger from the chase, after they were caught living in someone's house without permission. Nelson wrote that he was 100 percent sure that Pierson was the driver of the stolen pickup.After Pierson was arrested, investigators discovered that he was wanted in Oregon for failure to appear in court for a similar felony eluding case. "

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