The good news is police found a red 2003 Corvette that was stolen in Moses Lake, Washington last Thursday morning.
The bad news is by that time, the alleged thief had crashed the car through a fence and into the back yard of a house in the 8800 block of Hillcrest Drive in Moses Lake.
Earlier, the suspect had led police on a wild chase that reached speeds of 125 mph. Police said he drove through two construction sites, putting the lives of about 20 workers at risk. He even came back through one of the sites again.
The chase began after a friend of the Corvette’s owner saw the car and notified 911. That led to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputy giving chase through residential areas, onto state Route 17, and back to Stratford Road.
During the pursuit, the suspect allegedly drove through a pond, onto a bike path, and nearly hit Sheriff Tom Jones’ car as he was in pursuit. Eventually, the driver lost control of the car, winding up in the back yard of a house on Hillcrest Drive and fleeing on foot.
Police searched the area for three hours before an alert neighbor a few houses down from where the car was abandoned helped locate the suspect under a tarp on the back deck of his home. The man told police he checked his property a second time before going out of town and noticed the tarp that wasn’t there earlier. Police looked and found 41-year-old Gary Hutt of Moses Lake hiding under the tarp.
Hutt now faces a multitude of charges, including attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, burglary in the second degree, attempted residential burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, malicious mischief in the first degree, malicious mischief in the second degree, reckless endangerment, attempted assault in the first degree, and driving while his license is suspended.
Hutt was booked into Grant County Jail Thursday afternoon.
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