June 11, 2020
UNIONTOWN – A man was booked into Whitman County Jail May 31 after reaching speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour south of Uniontown.
According to the police report, Whitman County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Langerveld was at a traffic stop just outside Uniontown when he heard a vehicle with a modified exhaust accelerating. The white truck appeared to be surpassing the town's 30 mph limit. When it passes Deptuty Langerveld, he observed it still had on studded tires and the driver and a passenger were not wearing seat belts.
Deputy Langerveld pursued the vehicle with lights and sirens activated, traveling southbound at approximately 100 mph. There was another passenger in the bed of the truck who appeared to be yelling at the driver.
The vehicle came to a stop at SR 195 and Shoemaker Road. The passenger in the bed and driver exited the vehicle.
According to the report, the driver, Tyler Pedersen, 23, Lewiston, told officers he was high, but no drugs were discovered in the vehicle during a warrant search. Passengers also exhibited signs or admitted to various drug use, including a woman four-months pregnant who admitted to smoking marijuana. One passenger told deputies that Pedersen was traveling 60 mph in the 30 mph zone and reached 100 mph during the chase.
Pedersen was booked for driving with a suspended license and attempting to elude. Bail was set at $25,000 bond or $2,500 cash.