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Car stolen, high speed chase near Lake Crescent

July 11th, 2014 - 1:21pm

(Lake Crescent) A car theft and high speed chase has landed a man in jail.

Clallam County sheriff's deputies and Olympic National Park Rangers arrested 27-year-old Dale Langevin yesterday afternoon.

According to arrest reports, a Nissan Versa van, with keys left in the ignition, was stolen from the Shell Station in Forks at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon. The victim and store owner chased after the van reaching speeds of 85 miles an hour.

The van was spotted by an ONP ranger heading east near Fairholm at Lake Crescent and tried to make a stop. Officials say Langevin made a U-turn in the middle of Highway 101, drove into oncoming traffic, swerved around a log truck, forcing vehicles off the roadway, sliding sideways in the road at the top of Fairholm hill, all in an attempt to elude from being stopped.

A sheriff's deputy followed in pursuit of the fleeing vehicle, and within a couple of minutes Langedin stopped.

The deputy says Langevin got out of the vehicle and refused commands. He finally stopped after being threatened with a Taser. But when officers tried to handcuff him, he allegedly resisted arrest and fought. Langevin knocked the Taser out of the deputy's hand and then tried to deploy on the deputy.

Langevin was eventually taken into custody. He is facing a series of both federal and county charges in the case.

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