By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
CHEHALIS – The 17-year-old boy arrested for allegedly stealing a police car as he tried to get away from troopers chasing him for speeding in Chehalis has been charged as an adult in Lewis County Superior Court.
Dashaud D. Cummings was arrested on August 10, captured by a police dog in the woods off Interstate 5 a couple of miles from where Chehalis Police Department Chief Glenn Schaffer’s car was taken at Riverside Golf Course.
Cummings was brought before a judge this afternoon, who asked if this was the case where the individual was up on a roof while law enforcement officers were searching for him, and then took the police car.
A decline hearing was held in juvenile court, allowing the case to be moved in adult court, according to Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio.
The Lacey resident is charged with second-degree assault, attempting to elude and theft of a motor vehicle as well as hit and run.
Charging documents indicate he told a police officer he was running because he didn’t want to get arrested for a warrant. He told the officer he got into one of the patrol cars, was tased, and fled, later running on foot, according to the documents.
A Chehalis Police Department spokesperson previously related that as officers approached the police car, the suspect put it in reverse, striking a trooper with the open door, knocking the trooper down.
When Officer Matt McKnight informed him he had injured a trooper, Cummings responded, “I told him to move,” the documents state.
The 15-year-old girl who with him told police she told him to stop and that he didn’t have a license.
Defazio asked that the defendant be held on $100,000 bail.
Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge Cummings has a stable address with his aunt, his legal guardian who is a nurse and asked for lower bail.
Judge Richard Brosey set bail at $35,000.
Centralia attorney David Brown represented Cummings in juvenile court and was appointed to continue representing him. The arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 8.
For background, read “Theft of police chief’s car could mean adult court for teen” from Thursday August 11, 2016, here