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Woodland man allegedly pistol-whips woman, flees police, damages patrol car Tuesday in Cowlitz County


LONGVIEW — A Woodland man was arrested Tuesday night after police say he robbed and pistol-whipped a woman in Longview and led officers on a multi-agency pursuit that ended in a damaged patrol car in Woodland.

The series of events began around 10 a.m. Tuesday with an armed robbery and assault report in the 200 block of 28th Avenue in Longview and ended that evening when officers detained Dustin Bailey in Woodland after allegedly hitting a Woodland patrol car. Police say no one was injured in the vehicle accident.

Bailey robbed a woman while they were inside another person’s Longview home after hearing she had recently won money at a casino, according to Longview police Capt. Branden McNew. McNew said witnesses identified Bailey and detectives spotted his vehicle around 8 p.m., but he didn’t stop. Bailey hit and damaged a commercial building in the 1800 block of Washington Way in Longview while fleeing officers.

Dispatch alerted local law enforcement of the suspect, he added, and a Kalama officer spotted the 2019 Kia Optima Bailey was driving on Interstate 5 but he continued to flee. McNew said the probable cause statement for Bailey’s arrest said the vehicle was reported stolen out of Clark County.

Woodland officers joined the pursuit once Bailey reached the city, McNew said. The Woodland Police Department reports Bailey “intentionally rammed a Woodland patrol car,” damaging the driver’s side of the department’s 2020 Ford SUV.

Bailey the fled on foot, according to Woodland police, but agencies from Cowlitz and Clark counties helped detain him soon after.

Longview officers booked Bailey, 26, into the Cowlitz County Jail around 11 p.m. on suspicion of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree attempted robbery, first-degree criminal impersonation, obstructing a public servant, fourth-degree assault and two counts of third-degree malicious mischief.

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