Anacortes, Washington- On May 23rd, 2016 around 8:30 pm Officers working Traffic Enforcement on State Route 20 near Anacortes observed a black Pontiac Coupe traveling Westbound SR20 at 83 miles per hour in a 44 mile per hour zone.
Officers activated their emergency lights and attempted to stop the Pontiac near Christianson Road on Westbound State Route 20.
The Traffic Light was red and there were two long lines of cars stopped at the light in both the Westbound Lanes at the time. The driver of the Pontiac, later identified as Dakota Newbaker, of Anacortes, drove the Pontiac on the right shoulder of Westbound SR20, passing the stopped vehicles and he drove through the intersection at around 70 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone without yielding or stopping.
Officers discontinued their attempts to stop the vehicle at this time due to safety reasons and radioed dispatch to notify Anacortes Police and the Washington State Patrol of the recklessly driven vehicle.
A short time later, Officers notified dispatch that the Pontiac was approaching their location at R Avenue and Westbound State Route 20. Those Officers attempted to stop the vehicle which failed to yield and instead continued onto Commercial Avenue without yielding to Officers.
The Pontiac finally came to stop in the 1100 block of 34th Avenue in a driveway. Officers were able to take Mr. Newbaker into custody and they were able to run his name and information. Dispatch notified Officers that Mr. Newbakers driving status was ID ONLY.
Officers then asked Mr. Newbaker several questions about why he ran. He told Officers he thought he had a warrant and didn’t want his car towed. They also asked him if he knew how fast he was going and he told them his speedometer only went to 100 MPH and he knew he was going a lot faster than that. Mr. Newbaker also told Officers he did not have any affiliation with the address he stopped at and he did not have any vehicle insurance.
Mr. Newbaker was transported to the Skagit County Jail for Investigation of Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle and Reckless Driving. He has since been released pending his next court appearance.