An Oak Harbor man who allegedly has a history of leading police on car chases was charged with a felony in connection with the latest pursuit, according court documents.
Prosecutors charged Jaquan R. Wilson, 31, in Island County Superior Court Oct. 31 with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. If convicted of the charge, Wilson would face from two to six months in jail under the standard sentencing range.
A trooper with the Washington State Patrol was on patrol Aug. 25 and saw a Volkswagen Passat with no front license plate at the intersection of Highway 20 and Ault Field Road. The trooper recognized the car as one involved in a July 4 pursuit that was terminated because of the danger to the public, the trooper’s report states.
The trooper activated his lights and sirens and pursued the car, which failed to pull over. The trooper followed the car on the highway, through a mobile home park and back on the highway.
The car accelerated up to 90 mph in the 55 mph zone, the trooper wrote.
The Volkswagen crossed a double line to pass a car and then passed two more cars by driving on the northbound shoulder, the report states. The trooper ended the pursuit because of the danger to other drivers.
“It was clear the VW was being driven in a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of person and property,” the report states.
The trooper noted that Wilson was required to have an ignition interlock device in his car.
Officers tracked down the car and shed behind a mobile home that Wilson was living in with a woman, the report states. They found the shed padlocked from the outside and the woman, who was identified as a passenger in the Volkswagen, trapped inside, the report states.
On Aug. 23, a trooper pursued Wilson on North Whidbey.
The pursuit was stopped after the car accelerated to 85 mph in a 40 mph zone, but another trooper caught Wilson soon afterward, the report indicates.
Wilson pled guilty by way of an Alford’s plea to attempting to elude and driving with license suspended. He was sentenced to 75 days in jail.