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Bremerton PD seeks suspect in Hit and Run and Reckless Driving Resulting in Power Outage
The Bremerton Police Dept. is seeking information to assist in locating Danielle Stephens, who is a suspect in a hit and run crash Thursday night. A Bremerton officer attempted to stop an older Honda Civic at 10:57 PM for having a headlight out, and the car was driven away at a high rate of speed in an attempt to elude the officer. The officer chose not to initiate a pursuit, and pulled over and stopped following the car. A short time later, the officer noted that there was a bright flash in the sky and the power went out in the area of Russell Road and Oyster Bay.
The officer responded to the area of Arsenal Way and National Avenue to find the car, which had apparently lost control at high speed and struck a power pole. According to a nearby witness, the car sideswiped another car and then lost control , struck the pole and sheared it off. Two occupants fled on foot. A K-9 team was called in, but did not immediately locate the suspects.
Officers later determined that the car was stolen and also determined that the suspect is Danielle Stephens, age 24 , who is currently on the Bremerton “Unlucky 7” list and has an active arrest warrant from the Dept. Of Corrections for Failing to Report. She has numerous police contacts and is known to flee and resist arrest. Stephens is 5’5” and 130 lbs.
“Our officer showed great judgment in not starting a pursuit on a rainy night in a residential area, but this suspect didn’t care. She still drove recklessly and put people at risk. She needs to be back in jail where she belongs, and the State Dept. of Corrections needs to keep her off the street,” said Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan. Anyone with information on Stephens is encouraged to call 360-473-5220.