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Kalama woman in court in police chase into Cowlitz County

She’s also accused of assaulting sleeping man with a bat

By , Columbian county government and small cities reporter

A police pursuit of a woman who allegedly hit a sleeping man with a baseball bat spanned nearly 30 miles and reached speeds over 100 mph, court records say.

Hillary C. Rick, 30, of Kalama made a first appearance Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of attempting to elude police and four counts of second-degree assault. Judge Suzan Clark set bail at $50,000, according to court records.

At 5:42 a.m. Friday, Clark County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 14114 N.E. 72nd Ave., for a reported assault, according to an affidavit of probable cause. John Jurgens had called 911 after he was awakened by Rick as she hit him with a baseball bat, it said. The man appeared to have suffered a broken arm, the affidavit says.

Arriving deputies spotted a car that appeared to be Rick’s speeding north on Northeast 72nd Avenue, according to the affidavit, and gave chase.

A deputy attempted to stop the car in the 7800 block of Northeast 179th Street, but it sped off. Deputies pursued the car to the 46500 block of Northeast Yale Bridge Road in Cowlitz County, the affidavit says.

During the chase, the suspect car failed to stop at red lights or stop signs, drove on both sides of the road and shoulders, and caused other drivers to swerve, according to the affidavit.

A deputy attempted a tactical vehicle intervention that turned the car around. Deputies also deployed spike strips that flattened one tire and attempted a second tactical intervention, the affidavit says. The car then rammed three patrol vehicles before deputies pushed it off the road and over an embankment, according to the affidavit.

Rick was arrested after the car was disabled but soon lost consciousness, the affidavit says. She was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver for treatment before being booked into the Clark County Jail.

She is scheduled for arraignment May 24.

Columbian county government and small cities reporter