Police chase ends with rollover

A 19-year-old Bellevue resident is accused of leading a deputy on a high-speed chase on back roads of South Whidbey that ended in a rollover crash on May 10, according to court documents.

Neither the driver, Ishaan Daniels, nor the passenger were seriously injured.

Daniels was arrested and appeared in Island County Superior Court May 13. The judge found probable cause existed to believe Daniels may have committed the crime of attempting to elude a police vehicle. He was released without bail.

According to a report by a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office, he was patrolling in the Clinton area when he clocked a Mercedes sedan traveling at 70 mph in a 50 mph zone. The deputy tried to pull the car over, but it turned onto French Road and accelerated.

The deputy wrote that the Mercedes sped up to 100 mph during the pursuit.

The Mercedes failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Maxwelton Road and continued on Sills Road, with the deputy continuing the pursuit on the winding back roads. The car went through another stop sign and turned onto Ewing Road.

Near the intersection with Greenbower Lane, the Mercedes left the roadway, went up an embankment and rolled onto its top in the roadway. The deputy wrote that he had to swerve to avoid the car.

Daniels and a woman who were passengers in the car crawled out. Daniels was bleeding from his arm while the woman was not injured.

According to the deputy’s report, Daniels said he got scared after seeing he patrol car and “just took off.” He and the woman said they feared a speeding ticket because their parents “get mad.” In addition, Daniels said he plays college football on a scholarship and was worried about how getting in trouble might affect his status on the team.