The driver of a stolen car struck two parked vehicles, a garage, a cop car and the Whidbey Playhouse during a brief chase in Oak Harbor Oct. 18, according to court documents.
Earlier in the day, a North Whidbey resident reported that a gray 1995 Ford Thunderbird had been stolen. Just before 9 p.m., an officer with the Oak Harbor police spotted the distinctive car in the Bayshore Drive area. The officer made a U-turn and followed the car through streets in the southeast area of the city.
The officer activated the lights and sirens on his car and pursued the car as it accelerated to more than 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, the officer wrote in his report. The car made several turns on city streets and then left the roadway n Southeast Eighth Street, hitting the parked cars and a support beam of the garage.
The car performed a U-turn and accelerated straight at the officer’s car, striking it on one side. The officer saw that the driver was Edward Brimeyer, a woman later identified as Kaylah E. Languille was the front seat passenger and a third person was in the back, the officer wrote.
The officer performed a U-turn, but the vehicle was out of sight. Two pedestrians motioned him north on Midway Boulevard; he found the Ford had crashed into the cement staircase of the Whidbey Playhouse building.
The occupants had fled but the officer was able to find Languille in a nearby backyard and Brimeyer was hiding in blackberry bushes. Languille was in possession of methamphetamine, the report indicates.
Oak Harbor Police Chief Kevin Dresker said police car’s headlight was broken and it sustained very minor damage to a front quarter panel. The Playhouse wasn’t damaged.
Dresker said the third occupant of the car wasn’t caught at the scene but investigators are working on identifying him.
Brimeyer and Languille had probable cause hearings later that day. A judge found probable cause that Brimeyer committed the crimes of possessing of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude. He was held on $20,000 bail.
The judge found probable cause that Languille committed the crimes of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of meth. She was released on her personal recognizance.
Dresker cautioned that many times cars are stolen as “a crime of opportunity” and people should be careful about leaving keys in the car. For example, people like to leave their cars running in the morning and create an easy target for thieves.