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Act of elusion produces warrant

A motorcyclist who tried to elude an Island County Sheriff’s deputy is wanted on a bench warrant after being charged in Island County Superior Court with a list of crimes.

Prosecutors charged 39-year-old David Lee Miller of Oak Harbor Sept. 30 with possession of stolen property (motorcycle), possession of a controlled substance (Clonazepam), attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, resisting arrest and possession of 40 grams or less of marijuana.

Judge Vickie Churchill issued a $5,000 bench warrant on Miller after he didn’t show up for a hearing Oct. 14.

Deputy Craig Caulk arrested Miller March 11 after a motorcycle chase turned into a foot pursuit north of Oak Harbor.

Caulk wrote in his report that he saw a motorcycle without a license plate traveling on Highway 20 near Degraff Road. He turned on his siren and followed the motorcycle, which accelerated to around 70 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone on Northgate Drive.

Caulk wrote that the rider lost control of the motorcycle many times and drove off the roadway. The deputy tried to block the motorcycle from going back onto Salal Street. The rider nearly slammed into the deputy’s car and fell off the motorcycle.

Caulk got out of his car and chased after the man, who was running on Northgate Drive. The deputy shot his Taser gun at the suspect, but only hit him with one prong of the electrical device.

Caulk finally tackled the man, later identified as Miller, in the front yard of a Northgate Drive home. Caulk searched Miller and found four green pills, a bent spoon, and a small bag of marijuana.

An ambulance crew transported Miller to Whidbey General Hospital because he injured his shoulder running into a tree on his motorcycle, court documents state.

You can reach Jessie Stensland at jstensland@whidbeynewstimes.com or 675-6611.

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