Marysville fugitive finds himself in thorny situation after police chase

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A man wanted on outstanding arrest warrants found out the hard (and painful) way that running from police can be a real thorn in your side. And back. And legs.

The 30-year-old man was driving recklessly and had a warrant out for his arrest, according to Robb Lamoureux with Marysville Police. But when a Marysville officer tried to pull him over, the driver sped away.

Lamoureux said a short chase ensued and the fleeing driver hit speeds of 90 mph, but officers used a spike strip to puncture the man's tires and he crashed into a roundabout in the 5100 block of 108th Street NE.

The driver got out of the car and ran off into the woods, so officers called in police dogs.

About 30 minutes later, the man was discovered hiding in a thicket of blackberry bushes, and then he got a bite from the police dog during the arrest.

"We just saw a bunch of cops and we heard the guy -- the K-9's got him," said neighbor Nichole Flanagan. "It sounded like somebody getting ripped up -- you could tell he was in a lot of pain."

The man was taken to an Everett hospital to be treated for the scratches and the dog bite but police said the injuries were minor.

"This is a best case scenario when a bad guy runs and we're able to use whatever tool necessary to take them into custody," Lamoureux said. "And in this case, it happened to be a K-9 that was able to do that so that's why we have them."

Lamoureux says the man was to be booked into the Snohomish County Jail on his outstanding warrants but charges of eluding police will likely be added. Investigators are also looking into whether the car was stolen.