The 19-year-old Kent man arrested Saturday in High Point after allegedly bolting from a stolen car remains in jail tonight.
A judge set his bail at $25,000 this afternoon. We covered the arrest after hearing of the police search following the abandonment of the stolen Corolla at 35th and Morgan; the suspect was caught nearby after an extensive police search including a K-9 team. The probable-cause documents from this afternoon’s hearing say a police officer “on routine patrol” just happened to see the car and checked its plate, discovering it had been reported stolen earlier that same day in Tukwila. He then saw the stolen car’s driver take notice of the patrol car and pull into the 35th/Morgan gas station/minimart lot, with the patrol car following, its emergency lights activated. After stopping, the officer wrote, the driver started to get out; though the officer ordered him and his passenger to stop and put their hands up, they ran. The ensuing search found the suspect, hiding in a nearby Dumpster; he was in custody 19 minutes after police spotted him. His passenger was not found. We checked the suspect’s record; long list of misdemeanor cases, but no felony convictions. He was last booked into King County Jail in January for three warrants including an Eastside DUI case and a Kittitas County driving-with-suspended-license case.