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Vancouver man arrested after chase said he wanted to drop dog off before stopping

By , Columbian staff reporter

A Vancouver man was arrested Sunday after deputies say he refused to pull over during a traffic stop in Battle Ground.

A Clark County sheriff’s sergeant attempted to stop a car driven by a man, later identified as Jason Tester, 22, at 6:48 p.m. near the intersection of Northeast 119th Street and 117th Avenue. The sergeant observed Tester driving 24 mph over the posted speed limit, according to a news release.

The sergeant said Tester refused to pull over and continued to drive the speed limit, and in accordance with traffic laws, for about 5 miles.

A “tactical vehicle intervention was used,” and Tester’s Mazda pickup was eventually immobilized near Southeast Eaton Boulevard and Grace Avenue in Battle Ground, where he was taken into custody, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies said Tester told them he was trying to drop off his dog at a relative’s house before stopping, because he didn’t know why he was being pulled over, the news release states.

Tester was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of failing to obey a police officer and resisting arrest. He was also booked on several outstanding warrants, which the sheriff’s office said were for similar traffic incidents.