Port Angeles man pleads not guilty in high-speed chase

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man has pleaded not guilty to two charges related to an alleged high-speed chase.

Erick Evan Miller, 46, pleaded Friday to one count each of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and first-degree driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Trial was set for Aug. 8.

Miller is accused of leading a Clallam County Sheriff’s deputy on a three-minute chase through Port Angeles that reached speeds as high as 90 mph.

He allegedly ended the chase on Doyle Road south of U.S. Highway 101 by running into a house, talking with his girlfriend and drinking at least one beer before being arrested, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said

Miller is set to appear in Clallam County Superior Court for a status hearing July 12.

He was in the Clallam County jail Saturday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The chase between Miller and Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputy Shaun Minks started at about 11:20 p.m. June 16, when Minks saw Miller changing lanes and appearing to drive faster than the 35 mph speed limit on Front Street near the intersection with Liberty Street, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Miller then reportedly turned south onto Liberty Street and drove through a stop sign.

Minks attempted to pull Miller over, but Miller allegedly continued at high speed on East Second Street to Race Street, then west into Lauridsen Boulevard, after which he eventually turned onto Doyle Road and ran from the green Honda Accord he was driving into the house.

Miller eventually was talked into coming out of the home and placed into custody without incident after Port Angeles police arrived to assist.

Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: June 23. 2013 6:32PM
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