Woodland Police have arrested Scott James Cartier (02-07-1991) of Woodland for theft of motor vehicle, attempt to elude, hit and run collision with injuries, and vehicular assault in connection with a series of crimes that occurred on March 22, 2016.
On March 22 at around 8:00 AM and while investigating a report of a stolen 2004 Jeep Wrangler, Woodland Police Officer Brent Murray located the car just east of town on Lewis River Road. Before Murray could execute a u-turn and attempt to stop the Jeep, a Cowlitz County Deputy, who had been responding with Officer Murray, was able to do so. The deputy activated his emergency lights, but Mr. Cartier driving the stolen Jeep refused to stop. Officer Murray and the deputy chased the car west on Lewis River Road into Woodland. Mr. Cartier drove the stolen vehicle through a business parking lot at the corner of CC Street and Lewis River Road. Upon exiting that lot onto CC Street, he struck another vehicle and continued south bound on CC Street. He continued driving east on Hayes Road with the officer and deputy in pursuit. The chase continued to Pup Creek Road and concluded at the intersection of Pup Creek and Grinnell Roads where Officer Murray was involved in a collision with a car that had not been involved in the pursuit. Neither Mr. Cartier nor the stolen car were located on that day.
The investigation led to the identification of Mr. Cartier as a suspect. Mr. Cartier ultimately confessed to stealing the Jeep and driving it to elude officers. Mr. Cartier gave investigators the location at which he left the stolen Jeep at the conclusion of the pursuit. A Clark County Deputy responded to that location early this morning, locating the Jeep in the area identified by Mr. Cartier in his confession. Woodland Police suspect Mr. Cartier of other crimes in the Woodland area; those investigations are on-going.