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Clallam deputies pursue pickup, arrest Carlsborg man

March 5th, 2014 - 3:45pm

(Sequim) -- A Carlsborg man will face charges of felony eluding and hit and run after leading sheriff's deputies on a meandering chase of almost 20 miles today.

21-year-old Drew T. Balch was arrested on four warrants - 3 felonies for failure to obey court orders and a misdemeanor for theft.

The chase started in the Carlsborg area shortly after 8 this morning after a sheriff's deputy spotted Balch near Towne and Woodcock Road.

The pursuit ran through the rural areas north and east of Sequim and onto Highway 101.

Authorities say the chase reached speeds of more than 80 miles per hour.

Law enforcement from Sequim Police and the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe assisted sheriff's deputies.

Washington State Patrol troopers deployed a spike strip at milepost 277 near Gardiner that flattened all four tires of Balch's 1988 Chevy S-10 pickup.

Deputies say Balch drove on flat tires for a short distance before crossing the westbound lane and fleeing from the vehicle on foot.

Deputy Andrew Wagner was deployed on Old Gardiner Road and caught Balch on foot.

Deputies had attempted to arrest Balch on the outstanding warrants at a home in Carlsborg on February 12th but were unable to locate him.

Balch is expected to make an appearance in Clallam County Superior Court Thursday.


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