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n A 26-year-old man who jumped into the Skagit River in an attempt to avoid deputies was arrested Friday.

The incident started about 4 a.m., when deputies were called to a residence in the 46000 block of Baker Loop Road in Concrete to a report that a man was violating a no-contact order that a resident of the house had against him, Skagit County Undersheriff Chad Clark said.

The man was gone when deputies arrived, Clark said.

Two hours later, deputies were called back to the residence to a report that the man had broken into the house and had used a hard object to strike the victim in the head multiple times, Clark said.

Deputies arrived in time to see the man jumping over a fence to flee, Clark said. Deputies pursued him on foot, but couldn’t find him.

About 10 a.m., a deputy driving on Concrete Sauk Valley Road saw the man and stopped to arrest him, Clark said. The man threw things at the deputy and then jumped into the Skagit River to avoid the deputy, he said.

A nearby boat from the Upper Skagit Tribal Police Department responded but the man exited the river, Clark said.

He then charged the deputy, who used his stun gun to stop the man, Clark said.

The man was booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center for investigation of violating a protection order and first-degree burglary.

n A 32-year-old man was arrested after he led a State Patrol trooper on a high-speed chase and then crashed his vehicle.

The man was reportedly passing a vehicle in the left-hand shoulder Sunday afternoon while heading north on Interstate 5, Trooper Heather Axtman with the State Patrol said.

A trooper attempted to stop the man, who was going 99 mph, Axtman said. The man then crashed at the Anderson Road exit, taking out about 100 feet of barrier.

The man fled on foot, but another trooper found him at a nearby gas station. He was arrested and booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center for investigation of attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence, reckless driving and drug charges.

ROBBERY

A 30-year-old Mount Vernon man suspected of a Big Lake robbery was arrested Friday while he was attending Skagit County Superior Court proceedings.

Skagit sheriff’s deputies and Mount Vernon police officers responded to a report of a robbery in progress at the Big Lake Grocery store about 6:30 a.m., Undersheriff Chad Clark said.

The masked man was carrying a gun when he robbed the store, Clark said.

Later that morning, investigators found the vehicle the man reportedly used to leave the scene in south Mount Vernon, Clark said.

It was discovered that the man was at the Skagit County Superior Court for unrelated court proceedings and the man was subsequently arrested and booked for investigation of robbery.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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