Elusive suspect can expect felony charge, police say

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

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A La Center man who escaped from a multiagency pursuit team Tuesday can expect another felony charge of eluding officers, police officials said.

The Woodland Police Department has probable cause to arrest Kasey Chapin on charges of second-degree robbery and second-degree assault following a Feb. 26 incident, Sgt. Robb Lipp said.

After La Center police officers spotted Chapin’s car Tuesday, the 18-year-old took off on foot. The La Center officers, who were aided by Vancouver police and deputies from Clark and Skamania counties, were unable to find Chapin.

La Center Police Chief Tim Hopkin said they learned later that Chapin had knocked on the door of a home in the area and gotten a ride.

“He was soaking wet, and told them he’d fallen in the river,” Hopkin said.