Woman jailed after break-in, wild chase and crash

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT TOWNSEND — A Port Townsend woman was in custody in King County on Saturday after she allegedly tried to burglarize a home, led Jefferson County deputies on a chase, crashed her car, backed into one deputy’s car and forced another to leap out of her path Friday.

Dakota McBride, 32, was arrested Friday by Jefferson County deputies after a homeowner reportedly interrupted an attempted burglary on Tanglewood Lane near Cape George, a private residential community about 4 miles west and slightly south of Port Townsend, shortly before 9 a.m. Friday.

The homeowner, who was not named by authorities, told deputies that a woman in a blue Chevrolet Suburban had fled her home. McBride was arrested after a chase, deputies said.

Dakota McBride is the sister of Curtis McBride, a man arrested Thursday for investigation of thefts of two vehicles and other charges, authorities said.

Dakota McBride was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the crash left her with an injured ankle and possible internal injuries, deputies said.

She was being held Saturday in King County jail without bail for investigation of second-degree burglary.

Jefferson County Sheriff Anthony Hernandez said she also likely will face charges for eluding police.

Sgt. Andrew Pernsteiner of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said she reportedly hit a Harborview nurse in the face, and he added that she may face a King County charge.

Deputies’ report

Sgt. Ben Stamper of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office gave this account:

After the homeowner’s report, deputies who were called to investigate spotted the Suburban traveling east on South Discovery Road and gave chase.

McBride turned into the Four Corners Mini Storage, sped around the complex, lost control in the gravel lot and crashed into a cinder-block building hard enough to cause damage to the structure.

Deputies Brian Anderson and Scott Boyd thought her car was disabled.

They got out of their cars to make the arrest.

McBride freed her car and backed into Anderson’s 2013 Ford Police Interceptor, crumpling the front end.

Then, she drove forward, forcing Boyd to leap into his car to avoid being hit.

She took off westward down Discovery Road in the damaged Suburban.

Deputies pursued her. After a short chase, she lost control of the car again and crashed into a large tree at the intersection with Milo Curry Road.

McBride was taken by ambulance to Jefferson Healthcare hospital in Port Townsend and later was flown to Harborview in Seattle.

She was booked into King County’s Seattle Correctional Facility at 4:20 p.m. Friday.
Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at jsmillie@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: May 12. 2013 3:36AM
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