Suspect allegedly smiled at officer, tried to run him over
Man was charged with assault and eluding police for a 44-mile chase that ended in Clearview
Joseph R. Young, 51, was unsuccessful and reportedly remained in his truck after being hit by a bullet Dec. 16. He could be seen smoking what appeared to be a marijuana pipe and kept trying to drive away on his truck's flattened tires until there was nothing but smoke and sparks coming from the rims, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Mara Rozanno said.
Despite his wound, when Young clambered from the rig he put up such a fight that he was only wrestled into handcuffs after being zapped twice by a Taser, the prosecutor wrote.
She charged Young this week with felony second-degree assault and attempting to elude police.
The Snohomish County Superior Court papers say the chase began along I-5 when Young's truck blasted past a trooper at 105 mph. The pursuit passed through Everett, Smokey Point and Arlington before heading south past Snohomish and into Clearview.
Along the way, police flattened the truck's tires, but it continued on. The truck eventually stopped in a parking lot in Clearview. Troopers poured out of their patrol cars and moved in to make the arrest, Rozanno said.
"Both troopers were yelling at the defendant to get out of the truck, that he was under arrest," she wrote. The trooper who shot Young "indicated in his report that the defendant then looked directly at him, smiled, jammed the truck into gear and began accelerating."
Video shows the truck's wheels turning toward the trooper, who jumped away and fired two shots, Rozanno said.
The truck's driver then appeared to try pull away from the lot, but apparently wasn't able to get traction.
After his arrest, Young told detectives he had only fleeting memories of what led up to the gunfire. He also ">told investigators that he struggles with bipolar disorder and has smoked marijuana every day since he was in high school, according to court papers.
Young was hospitalized and jailed after his arrest but was freed on $30,000 bail. Prosecutors want similar bail now.
He has no felony history, but has convictions for reckless endangerment, driving under the influence and resisting arrest.
Scott North: 425-339-3431, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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