A Portland man who led police on a 45-mile, 100 mph chase down Interstate 5 Tuesday has been charged in Lewis County with felony eluding and fourth-degree domestic violence assault.
Lewis County sheriff's deputies sought to arrest Aaron Machado Smith, 30, on suspicion of striking and choking a significant other, Special Services Chief Dusty Breen said Thursday. Smith fled from deputies from near the intersection of Highway 12 and Interstate 5 before turning southbound on I-5 at milepost 68.
Lewis deputies discontinued their pursuit at milepost 57 due to weather conditions, Breen said. Washington State Patrol, Cowlitz sheriff's deputies and police from Castle Rock, Kalama and Woodland picked up the chase, and Smith's vehicle began losing pieces and sustaining damage as the chase went on, according to 911 logs.
Smith eventually came to a stop around milepost 23 near Woodland. He told deputies he finally stopped after his car caught fire and succumbed to law enforcement spike strips, Breen said. A Lewis County deputy retrieved Smith after he was detained.
Smith will be arraigned Thursday in Lewis County.