Early Saturday morning, Woodland Police Officer Brent Murray observed a small passenger car failing to stay inside the lane of travel, going over the fog line and clearly marked center line multiple times on Schurman Way in Woodland. Murray tried to stop the possible drunk driver, who then attempted to elude by driving in a reckless manner which began northbound on Interstate 5 at milepost 22 and finally ended near milepost 48.
During the high speed pursuit, the driver, who was later identified as a 14-year old Woodland male, failed to stay within the lane of travel, swerving back and forth across all three lanes and at times onto the shoulder of the road. The juvenile drove the vehicle at speeds up to approximately 115 miles per hour and continued to drive in a reckless manner even after driving over spike strips, which were deployed near milepost 35, causing both front tires to deflate. Near milepost 40 the vehicle had no more tread on either of the front wheels and sparks were visible as the juvenile continued driving all over the roadway.
Near milepost 48, the wheels had been completely ground off and the vehicle came to a stop, unable to move any further. As police approached the vehicle, the juvenile continued to accelerate, trying to flee, however he was taken into custody.
The juvenile told police that out of boredom he decided to take his mothers car while she slept and go for a drive. When asked why he didn't stop for police, he claimed he wanted the "thrill". He admitted to having "three drinks" before taking the vehicle.
He was arrested for DUI and Attempt to Elude and booked into the Cowlitz County Juvenile Center. His breath test result was .062. He also admitted to having smoked marijuana before taking the car.
More than a dozen Officers from Woodland Police, Kalama Police, Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office, Kelso Police, Longview Police, and the Washington State Patrol were involved in the pursuit and with the deployment of the spike strips. The tow truck driver said he has been towing cars for twenty years and he had never seen a car with the wheels and suspension ground down that far.