Tonasket man arrested for fleeing police on New Year’s eve

OKANOGAN – A Tonasket man who was fleeing from police at a high rate of speed about two miles east of Omak on New Year’s eve, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a road sign, according to the Washington State Patrol.

At 4:53 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, WSP Trooper Kelvin Fox attempted to stop a white Mercedes Benz 320 four door for failing to stop at a stop sign. The driver of the vehicle, Casey M. Nicholson, 27, fled on a dirt road with speeds up to 90 miles per hour, according to the State Patrol. The vehicle then re-entered Dayton Street, passing through 8th and 7th Street, and failed to stop at a stop sign on Edwards Street. Nicholson then turned onto SR155 southbound and struck as stop sign at SR155 and Omak Mountain Road and came to a stop.

“Both occupants fled on foot before being taken into custody by the Omak Police Department and the State Patrol,” reads a WSP press release.

Nicholson, who was not injured, was booked into the Okanogan County Jail on charges of felony eluding, second degree trespassing, resisting arrest and obstruction.

His passenger, Cassandra M. Orlando, 23, Spokane, was not injured in the crash and charged with first degree criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and obstruction.

The Mercedes was impounded in the WSP’s bullpen.




About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.