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Family of three caught in the middle of high speed police pursuit

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A family of three, out running errands, found themselves caught in the middle of a high speed police pursuit Wednesday.

The Golphenee family says they were driving from the bank and on their way to the grocery store when the suspect came flying through the intersection of Fourth Plain Blvd and Broadway and slammed into their car.

"My mind was just blank, the car just turned and I saw the pole coming, and I thought oh my god, and then we went right into the pole," said John Golphenee. "Then I checked on my wife and my son, and we were all okay."

Clark County deputies say the pursuit began miles away from the intersection, at a home on NE 129th Street in Vancouver. They say the suspect, Wayne Ross, made death threats against someone who lives there.

The victim called 911, so Ross hopped into a stolen truck and drove off leading police on a chase.

At times deputies believe he reached speeds up to 90 mph.

The chase came to an end at the intersection of Fourth Plain Blvd and Broadway when he crashed into the Golphenees. Ross ditched the truck in a nearby parking lot, and took off running.

"He just got out and started running," said Golphenee. "Before I knew it the cops were here, and I was thinking to myself, how are they already here? That's when I found out they were chasing him."

Deputies say they arrested Ross two blocks south from the crash.

FOX 12 has learned Ross has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1988. He's been arrested at least 14 different times on charges including theft, burglary and assault. Deputies tell us he was also wanted on a warrant in Oregon.

Ross was booked into the Clark County Jail and is being held without bail.

He's facing harassment, attempting to elude, 1st degree possession of stolen property, injury hit-and-run, theft, domestic violence assault and malicious mischief charges.

He's also being held on a fugitive from justice charge.

He will make his first court appearance Thursday at 9 a.m.

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