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Chase Update

Posted on 6th October 2017 at 08:53

The Sheriff’s Office is out with some additional information about the Wednesday high-speed chase that started near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and ended with a crash near Kalama. Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says that the local involvement started around 4 pm, when information about a freeway pursuit was relayed to CCSO. Military Police say that the chase started after Christopher James Bleavins, 35, of Lakewood was approached at the base. The say that Bleavins sped away, almost hitting an MP. It’s reported that Bleavins is “retired military”; he’s said to have a brain injury, along with PTSD, and supposedly said that he wanted to stage a “Las Vegas-style” event. Cowlitz County Deputies picked up the pursuit at the county line, hitting speeds over 100 mph as Bleavins allegedly swerved all across the freeway. Deputies claim that Bleavins intentionally swerved at other cars and did other things to try and make them crash. He actually did collide with another vehicle near milepost 33, an impact that caused his car to go off of the freeway and roll over, ending up right next to the train tracks. Bleavins got out of the car, but he was immediately arrested. After treatment at Saint John Medical Center, Bleavins is now being held on charges of felony eluding, hit-and-run, reckless endangerment and first-degree assault, with bail set at $100,000.