A Seattle man was arrested in Grand Mound Wednesday after fleeing from Centralia police in a stolen vehicle, according to a news release from the department.
Peter J. Lee, 37, was arrested for attempting to elude, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and outstanding arrest warrants out of Whatcom County for possession of a stolen vehicle and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.
The incident began at about 3:12 p.m. Wednesday when Centralia officers received a notification from the Flock Safety camera license plate reader system that a stolen vehicle was in the area of the Centralia Outlet Mall.
A Centralia officer located the vehicle in a parking lot at the mall on the east side of Interstate 5.
The vehicle was only occupied by the driver, later identified as Lee, according to police.
“When the officer in a marked police unit drove towards the suspect vehicle, it fled out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed,” the department stated in the release. “Pursuant to Washington laws, the officer did not pursue the suspect vehicle.”