August 1, 2017
Writer/Contact: Pat Matlock, Chief Criminal Deputy
Pacific County Sheriff’s Office
(360) 875-9398 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Man Arrested for Attempting to Elude a Sheriff’s Deputy on a Moped
Ocean Park, WA. – On July 28th at about 6:30 PM, a Pacific County Sheriff’s Deputy noticed a male subject riding a black Honda moped traveling north bound on M street near the deputy’s location. The deputy noted that the license registration on the moped was expired. The deputy initiated a traffic stop to detain the rider of the moped for the violation by activating the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights.
The moped accelerated and did not yield for the deputy. The deputy activated the patrol vehicle’s siren as well in an attempt to get the moped to stop. The moped kept going and took several side streets in an attempt to flee. The area of the short pursuit took place in a small neighborhood consisting of several residences. The pursuing deputy observed the moped turn into the yard of a private residence. As the deputy approached the yard, he noticed that the moped was lying on its side and abandoned. The deputy had gathered a good description of the rider.
A resident nearby alerted the deputy by pointing towards the location that the rider had fled. The deputy pursued on foot and heard another nearby resident yelling that the rider of the moped had fled into a wooded area of another residence. A few minutes later the deputy located the rider of the moped and placed him under arrest without incident. The rider of the moped was identified as Michael R. Berget age 34, of Ocean Park. Upon further investigation of the moped, the deputy discovered that the license plate on the moped had been switched or altered from another moped and the license tag was from the state of Oregon. Berget was transported to the Pacific County Jail for booking and is being held on 25,000.00 bail. Berget also had outstanding warrants for his arrest.
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