Oak Harbor car chase ends with Jeep flipping

A driver struck a power pole and flipped his vehicle in Oak Harbor while fleeing from police June 30, according to court documents.

An officer with the Oak Harbor Police Department and a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible drunk driver in a Jeep in the drive-through line at Taco Bell.

The deputy told the man, later identified as Tyler G. Crawford, to pull to the front of the store after getting his food.

Instead, Crawford, 23, sped out of the parking lot, the police report states.

The officer followed the Jeep onto Kettle Street, where it accelerated away from him.

The officer activated his emergency lights and tried to stop the Jeep, which was traveling at 60 mph in a 25 mph zone, the officer wrote.

The Jeep turned onto East Whidbey Avenue. It ran a red light at the intersection with State Highway 20, nearly striking another car, according to the police report.

Crawford apparently lost control and drove the Jeep onto the sidewalk; it struck a power pole and flipped, according to the report.

The police report indicates that Crawford smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred.

The police officer obtained a search warrant to test a sample of Crawford’s blood for the alcohol level, according to the police report.

Crawford appeared in Island County Superior Court July 2.

The judge found probable cause to believe he committed the crimes of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and DUI, according to court documents.

Crawford was released on personal recognizance.

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