Two car chases in 2 days

Two high-speed chases occurred on South Whidbey within a day of each other last week.

The first car chase started July 28 when Lt. Mike Hawley saw 35-year-old Ryan M. Booher of Freeland driving a truck on Bayview Road, according to the police report.

Hawley tried to stop Booher because there was probable cause to arrest him for violating a no-contact order, but the truck took off down the road. The car chase ended when Booher allegedly crashed his truck near Bayview and Andreason roads. He left the scene and deputies were unable to locate him, the police report states.

Booher was found and arrested the next day at a woman’s home in Freeland. The woman reported that she contacted Booher, and he told her he would turn himself in to authorities if he could see their child. The woman had a no-contact order against Booher he previously violated, court documents state.

Booher is being held on $250,000 bail. Prosecutors charged him in Island County Superior Court Aug. 1 with attempting to elude a police vehicle and two counts of violating a court order.

The next day, another man was arrested for evading police and was eventually caught at the Clinton ferry terminal. It was the second chase on Whidbey to end at a ferry terminal on the island in the last two weeks.

On July 29, Trooper Andrew Kinkade with the Washington State Patrol saw a car northbound on State Highway 525 traveling at a speed of 57 mph in a 40-mph zone.

The trooper turned on his emergency lights to pull it over, but the car increased its speed. Kinkade reported that his own speed was 71 mph and increasing as he followed the vehicle.

The trooper temporarily lost sight of the car after it turned on Campbell Road but then saw it turning from a private driveway. It sped away in a “cloud of dust/smoke,” according to the trooper’s report.

The car turned on to Highway 525 and drove to the ferry line. The trooper arrested the driver, who was identified as 29-year-old Devon R. Romero of Freeland, the report states. Romero said he ran because he was in a “bad place,” according to the report.

Prosecutors charged Romero in Island County Superior Court July 31 with attempting to elude a police vehicle.

In the same week, two motorcyclists were arrested and charged with eluding police when they were apprehended at the Coupeville ferry teminal after leading a trooper on a chase down Engle Road.

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