Troopers pursue stolen vehicle on Hwy 503

WSP: Pursuit reached 110 mph in Brush Prairie

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith

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Two people were booked into jail Monday after a high speed pursuit on state Highway 503 that ended in the Brush Prairie area.

The pursuit started shortly before 2:30 p.m. where the highway intersects with Northeast Padden Parkway. When a Washington State Patrol trooper attempted to stop a vehicle with expired tags, the vehicle took off, said Trooper Will Finn. The vehicle, which turned out to be stolen, reportedly reached 110 mph.

The pursuit ended after the vehicle left the highway and attempted to turn around at a residence in the 13200 block of Northeast Laurin Road, which is parallel to the highway. As the vehicle turned around, it collided head-on with a patrol car, Finn said.

The driver, Michael Whisenhunt, 35, of Vancouver was booked into the Clark County Jail on an outstanding felony warrant. Additional charges are pending further investigation by the WSP, Finn said. Whisenhunt’s passenger, Summer Smith, 36, also of Vancouver, was also booked into jail on suspicion of possessing drugs.