Charges: Man on ATV who tried to outrun cop 'was being stupid'

ROY, Wash. -- A 19-year-old man driving an all-terrain vehicle last Thursday near Roy admitted he was "being stupid" when he tried to outrun a pursuing police officer, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, a Roy Police Department officer was on patrol in the 32000 block of State Route 507 shortly after 6 p.m. when he was passed in the opposite direction by a man riding a yellow quad.

The officer turned on his emergency lights and attempted to stop the man for driving an ATV in the street. But, the man slid the quad to a stop and accelerated off the roadway, according to the charging documents.

The man reportedly drove the quad through a flower bed and into a church parking lot before driving across the church's lawn and getting onto 320th Street South.

According to the charging documents, the officer chased the man down 320th Street at speeds of 50 mph before the quad pulled into a driveway in the 8100 block of 320th Street South.

The quad's alleged driver, Seth Donahue, was arrested without incident. He reportedly told the officer he ran because he didn't want to get a ticket for driving the quad in the street.

According to the charging documents, Donahue's breath smelled like alcohol at the time of his arrest, and he admitted to drinking one beer prior to the incident.

Before being booked into Pierce County Jail, where there is at least one other inmate with similar interests, Donahue told the officer he was "being stupid."

Donahue has been charged with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.