Multiple agencies capture frequent fleer

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DAYTON — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men — one a longtime offender in the area — following a high-speed chase on Friday.

According to Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Rea Culwell, a sheriff’s deputy spotted Skyler Glasby, 25, driving on U.S. Highway 12 between Dayton and Waitsburg.

Culwell said the deputy knew there was a Walla Walla County warrant for Glasby’s arrest and when he attempted to stop him Glasby “took off.” The chase went into Waitsburg and back into Columbia County, and Glasby reached speeds of 80 mph.

He eventually crashed in a field on Nordheim Road near Waitsburg.

Phillip Fetner, 29 Fetner was a passenger and taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Glasby ran from scene on foot and was caught later with the aid of Fish and Game officers and the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit.

“Skyler eventually surrendered as the dog was picking up the scent,” Culwell said.

Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner spoke about the incident in public during a Waitsburg City Council meeting Monday night, stating it was the second time the K9 unit had assisted in Glasby’s capture. The Sheriff’s Office declined to provide information about the incident to the Union-Bulletin this morning, stating it was “an ongoing investigation.”

Culwell said Glasby, who grew up in Dayton, has a long history with law enforcement stretching back to his senior year at high school, when he spent time in jail.

She said Glasby was involved in a 21-hour standoff with SWAT officers in Walla Walla in 2011. In 2012, Glasby pleaded guilty to forgery for passing phony $20 bills in the Walla Walla area.

Walla Walla police spokesman Tim Bennett said Glasby has been arrested six times in Washington and nine times in Umatilla County. At least two of those arrests, Bennett said, involved felony eluding, including a high-speed chase from College Place to Milton-Freewater in 2012.

“He is well known to many on patrol in a three-county area,” Bennett said.

Following Friday’s chase, Glasby was arrested on investigation of attempting to elude, driving while suspended, ignition interlock violation and misdemeanor warrants. Fetner was arrested on investigation of a felony Department of Corrections warrant for second-degree assault.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at lukehegdal@wwub.com or 526-8326.

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