Driver of vehicle hauling suspected stolen Bobcat has twice eluded police

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A Chelan County Sheriff's Office photo shows a Bobcat similar to the one stolen in Chelan. The stolen Bobcat, however, has a forklift on the front rather than a bucket.

The person suspected of stealing a Bobcat tractor from the Chelan Waste Water Plant last week twice eluded arrest this morning while hauling the skid steer on a trailer behind a pickup.

The latest incident was early this morning near White Trail Road in Quincy when police say the driver of the pickup tried to strike a Quincy Police Department that was attempting a traffic stop.

Earlier, about 1 a.m., East Wenatchee police spotted the pickup and trailer with the stolen Bobcat and attempted to pull the driver over but the vehicle fled, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said.

The East Wenatchee Police Department said based on new state laws regarding police pursuits the officer did not chase the vehicle.

The skid steer with a forklift on the front, unlike the bucket in a picture circulated by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, was taken in Chelan last Thursday.

Anyone with information on the stolen Bobcat or suspect is asked to call the sheriff’s office on the RiverCom non-emergency line at 509-663-9911 and ask for Deputy Matt Barnes.