Man charged in police chase

An Oak Harbor man who allegedly has a history of leading police on car chases was charged with a felony in connection with the latest pursuit, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Jaquan R. Wilson, 31, in Island County Superior Court Oct. 31 with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. The crime was charged with an “aggravating circumstance,” which was that Wilson’s actions threatened other drivers with injury; such special allegations can increase a potential sentence.

If convicted of the charge, Wilson would face from two to six months in jail under the standard sentencing range. If Wilson is found guilty of the aggravating circumstance, he would face an additional 12 months and one day in prison.

A trooper with the Washington State Patrol was on patrol Aug. 25 and saw a Volkswagen Passat with no front license plate at the intersection of Highway 20 and Ault Field Road. The trooper recognized the car as one involved in a July 4 pursuit that was terminated because of the danger to the public, the trooper’s report on the incident states.

The trooper activated his lights and sirens and pursued the car, which failed to pull over. The trooper followed the car on the highway, through a mobile home park and back on the highway.

The car accelerated up to 90 mph in the 55 mph zone, the trooper wrote.

The Volkswagen crossed a double line to pass a car and then passed two more cars by driving on the northbound shoulder, the report states. The trooper ended the pursuit because of the danger to other drivers.

“It was clear the VW was being driven in a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of person and property,” the report states.

The trooper noted that Wilson had a revoked driver’s license and was required to have an ignition interlock device in his car.

Officers tracked down the car in a shed behind a mobile home that Wilson was living in with a woman, the report states. They found the shed padlocked from the outside and the woman, who was identified as a passenger in the Volkswagen, trapped inside, the report states.

On Aug. 23, a trooper pursued Wilson as he was driving a Volkswagen on North Whidbey. The pursuit was terminated after the car accelerated to 85 mph in a 40 mph zone, but another trooper caught Wilson soon afterward as he was walking away from the car, the report indicates.

In that case, Wilson pled guilty by way of an Alford’s plea to attempting to elude and driving with license suspended. He was sentenced to 75 days in jail.

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