COULEE CITY — A high-speed pursuit through Okanogan and Douglas counties Thursday night resulted in the arrest of two male suspects and recovery of a stolen Pontiac Grand Am.
Speeds during the chase reached 105 mph, said State Patrol Trooper Darren Wright, before troopers performed a maneuver that caused the Grand Am’s driver to lose control and come to a stop.
The two male suspects, whose names were not released, were arrested and turned over to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.
Wright reported that the chase began around 9:15 p.m. Thursday when Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop the Grand Am on Highway 97 near the Monse Bridge. They had identified the auto as a stolen vehicle.
The Grand Am raced south on Highway 97 to a junction near Brewster with Highway 17, where state troopers picked up the chase. The Grand Am continued south on Highway 17 in the direction of Coulee City.
Near the Grant County line — nearly 50 miles from the start of the pursuit — pursuing troopers initiated a “pit maneuver” in which they approached the chased car from the rear, bumped it lightly and caused it to spin out of control. “It worked perfectly,” said Wright. “It’s a tricky maneuver — more finesse than ram — that can be very effective when done right.”
Okanogan County deputies will continue to investigate the case, said Wright.