A Vancouver man was arrested Tuesday evening after allegedly refusing to pull over for Clark County sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop in Five Corners.
Shortly before 7 p.m., a patrol deputy saw a Cadillac ATS-V make a U-turn on Northeast 119th Street and then spin its tires. The vehicle was then seen speeding, traveling 90 mph in a 35 mph zone, south on Northeast 87th Avenue, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver accelerated, traveling 100 mph. The deputy pulled over in accordance with Washington law and department policy regarding vehicle pursuits, the sheriff’s office said.
The Cadillac was spotted by another law enforcement officer a short time later. With the assistance of the Washington State Patrol, deputies took the driver into custody without incident on the offramp to Northeast 219th Street from Interstate 5, according to the news release.
The driver, identified as 18-year-old Ashveer Sandhu, reportedly told investigators he panicked when he saw the patrol deputy’s lights, the sheriff’s office said. Sandhu was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of attempting to elude police. The jail roster shows he was scheduled to make a first appearance Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court.
“Year-to-date, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office has experienced about 340 motorists refusing to stop for deputies performing traffic enforcement,” the agency said. “Attempting to elude a police vehicle is a class C felony in the state of Washington. CCSO deputies continue to perform traffic enforcement and will attempt to locate and contact drivers who refuse to stop.”