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McCleary man flees officers on stolen mini-bike

Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office deputies and McCleary Police Department officers were led on an odd chase after a McCleary man stole a mini-bike in front of deputy.

At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy saw two men “in a heated argument and preparing to fight” in the 400 block of West Simpson Avenue in McCleary, Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said.

As the deputy approached the men, one, who was not wearing a shirt, fled on a bicycle.

“The deputy made contact with the other male and determined that no assault had taken place,” Shumate said. “The man advised he just did not like the other person and wanted him off his property.”

About 40 minutes later, a citizen called to report the man who fled was seen in the 800 block of Elma McCleary Road. In an attempt to identify the man, McCleary officers and the deputy checked the area, spotting the shirtless man, who immediately fled into a nearby wooded area.

“The officers did not give chase as they still did not have a crime,” Shumate said.

Deputy Tracy Gay and his K-9 partner, Max, saw the shirtless man soon after, talking to a man holding a mini-bike on Elma Hicklin Road just west of Church Road.

“Once the shirtless man saw Deputy Gay, he grabbed at the mini-bike and fought briefly with the other male, eventually pushing him down and fleeing on the mini-bike,” Shumate said.

Gay pursued the man at speeds between 30 and 40 mph. The man fled east in the westbound lane of Elma Hicklin Road before dumping the bike in a yard in the 800 block of Elma Hicklin Road.

The other deputy and McCleary officers arrived on scene as Gay and Max chased the man around a house. The man was trying to get back on the mini-bike when the officers contacted him.

Shumate said the man continued to resist arrest but was eventually taken into custody.

The 46-year-old McCleary man had “a number of outstanding felony warrants,” Shumate said. He was booked into Grays Harbor County Jail on the warrants, second-degree robbery for taking the mini-bike, eluding, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.