An Oregon man suspected of robbing the Castle Rock McDonald’s restaurant while armed with a handgun Wednesday evening was arrested after reportedly stealing a car and leading police on a high-speed chase into Lewis County.
Trask O. Williams, 27, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery, attempt to elude, possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing law enforcement, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.
Williams’ last known address was in Fall Creek, Oregon.
According to a Castle Rock police press release, Williams entered the McDonalds restaurant at 1040 Dougherty Drive at around 7 p.m. Police said he went behind the counter and proceeded to steal money from the register. When confronted by employees, Williams reportedly reached for a gun tucked into his waistband. Employees fled the restaurant and called 911.
Castle Rock police officer Jeff Gann responded and spotted Williams at the Gateway Shell Station across the street from McDonalds attempting to put gas into a stolen 1989 Jeep Cherokee, the release said. When Gann confronted Williams at gunpoint, Wlliams dove into the stolen vehicle and fled. A pursuit ensued northbound on Interstate 5.
Law enforcement from the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Toledo Police Department, Chehalis Police Department, Centralia Police Department, along with Washington State Patrol troopers, joined the I-5 pursuit. Spike strips were deployed at least twice, but even after blowing out one of the tires, the driver still did not stop.
About 30 minutes into the chase, police say Williams exited the freeway at Exit 79 northbound in Chehalis. When his vehicle became disabled, he then fled on foot and was caught following a short foot chase by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies.
Williams was taken to the Cowlitz County Jail where he is being held on $75,000 bail.