What started as a possible driving under the influence call ended with a Lamont, Wash. man in custody for three felony charges Fourth of July morning.
About 11 a.m. Cheney Police Officer Matt Pumphrey responded to Mitchell’s Harvest Foods on a call about a man who appeared intoxicated pulling up to the store on the 100 block of West First Street. Pumphrey contacted Phillip A Hayes, 53, as Hayes was returning to his vehicle, Cheney Police Sgt. Rick Beghtol said.
Hayes exhibited signs of intoxication and was advised by Pumphrey to leave his vehicle and find another way home. Beghtol said Hayes was not arrested because Pumphrey had not seen him actually driving the vehicle.
Hayes however did not comply and got into his vehicle, a 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup truck. Pumphrey tried to stop Hayes, at one point attempting to use a Taser on the suspect, but was forcibly repelled as Hayes drove off.
Pumphrey was joined by Officer Justin Hobbs, and pursued Hayes to Mullinix Road where the suspect broke through down railroad crossing arms. The officers were forced to wait for the train to pass, and after which found Hayes about a mile further down Mullinix where his vehicle had left the road, gone through a fence and struck a tree.
Hayes was taken into custody on charges of first-degree assault, DUI and attempting to elude a police officer.