Police: Assault suspect arrested after stealing patrol car, fleeing law enforcement
UPDATE: Police have arrested 22-year-old Shane S. Goldsby.
KELSO, Wash. – Officers are searching for a wanted stabbing suspect accused of stealing a police patrol vehicle early Monday morning, Kelso police said.
Police tried taking 22-year-old Shane S. Goldsby into custody on Douglas Street in Kelso shortly after midnight Sunday. They said Goldsby was wanted for an earlier stabbing assault that is still under investigation.
Goldsby fled into a brushy area near the road and then circled back to the running patrol vehicle, police said. He got in and drove away before police could catch him.
He then led multiple law enforcement agencies on a lengthy pursuit.
A Cowlitz County sheriff's deputy tried to throw out spike strips on SR-432 to slow the suspect, but police say Goldsby recognized the attempt, stopped the vehicle and put it in reverse, backing into a pursuing Washington State Patrol vehicle.
"[The trooper] was complaining of neck and back pain," Trooper Will Finn said regarding the crash injuries. "He was driven to St. John's Hospital in Longview by another trooper for treatment... and then driven home from there to recuperate."
The trooper is expected to be okay and will return to work soon.
Finn did not know how fast the trooper or suspect were going at the time of the collision.
Around 3:30 a.m., investigators found the stolen patrol vehicle abandoned in a wooded, remote area along Teresa Way in Kelso, but Goldsby had already taken off.
"[He's] definitely a dangerous guy, not someone you want to be messing around with," neighbor Michael Thompson said. "We're going to be watching our backs a little bit, and making sure our neighbors are watching and we're watching out for them as well."
Goldsby is wanted for two counts of felony assault, theft in the first degree and several hit and runs.
He has several tattoos, including one on the right side of his neck.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Kelso Police Department at 360-423-1270.