Woman leads deputies on a wild two-county car chase

Suspect’s vehicle almost collides with Sheriff’s Office deputy’s patrol vehicle

PORT ORCHARD — A 21-year-old woman was charged with second-degree assault and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle in Kitsap County Superior Court after she engaged law enforcement officers from three jurisdictions in a wild car chase June 19 that spanned two counties.

Cortney Nicole Docken-Childs, identified as a transient, initially eluded a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy at approximately 9:51 p.m. on June 18 after her Kia sedan was stopped on a traffic violation. As the officer approached the vehicle, she allegedly sped away. After engaging in a pursuit, the officer terminated the chase.

A few hours later — at 1:11 a.m. on June 19 — the deputy identified the suspect Kia in the driveway of a home at the 3900 block of Southeast Castlewood Drive in Port Orchard. Parked behind tall bushes nearby, the deputy watched as the suspect vehicle, without its lights on, speed away a few minutes later through a stop sign at an intersection.

Making a wide right turn, the driver headed onto Maple Crest Lane, then sped through a second stop sign at the intersection of Maple Crest Lane and Southeast Conifer Park Drive. With the deputy in pursuit, the Kia continued on its way westbound on Southeast Conifer Drive.

Gaining speed, the Kia failed to yield to multiple traffic lights and maneuvered around roadway spike strips put in place by Port Orchard Police officers. The pursuit continued down Feigley Road and into Gorst, according to the KCSO report.

Blowing through the stop sign at the intersection of Feigley and West Frontage roads, the suspect vehicle turned left, where a marked KCSO patrol unit with emergency lights blazing waited at the entrance of Frontage. Gaining speed, the Kia headed for an apparent head-on collision with the patrol vehicle, partially off the roadway, when the suspect vehicle swerved slightly to the right at the last moment, avoiding a crash.

The Kia continued on and made a left turn onto the northbound lane of State Highway 3, traveling southbound.

With the deputy who had nearly been hit in pursuit, the suspect driving the Kia continued motoring in the oncoming lane of southbound SR 3 at speeds of 95 miles per hour, the report stated. According to the deputy’s report, there was no traffic on the roadway at the time.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined the pursuit as the suspect vehicle crossed into their county’s jurisdiction. The deputies deployed a spike strip at SR 3 and Romance Hill Road, which was successful in blowing out two of the Kia’s tires. The vehicle continued southbound on SR 3 just south of SR 106 before it came to a stop on the northbound shoulder.

The suspect, a white female with short blonde hair and wearing a white shirt, then fled the vehicle and ran into the woods on the eastbound side of the road. A Kitsap County K9 team tracked down the suspect and placed her in handcuffs.

After being read her Miranda rights, she was taken to Kitsap County Jail. Docken-Childs is being held on $100,000 bail for the felony assault charge and $10,000 on the secondary charge of eluding police.

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