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Car thief caught after fleeing into Vader sewer plant

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A Honda Civic (right) stolen by Longview transient Max E. Fiest on Thursday after Feist fled into the Vader Sewer Plant and almost crashed into Lagoon No. 2. Feist has since been charged with multiple felonies related to theft and is being held in the Cowlitz County Jail on $500,000 bail.

A suspected car thief almost took a dive into the Vader sewer plant Thursday while attempting to flee authorities during a high-speed pursuit originating out of Longview.

Spotted in possession of a Honda reported stolen that morning, the male suspect, later identified as Max E. Fiest, a Longview-based transient, was taken into custody just after 1 p.m. and is currently facing multiple felony charges.

Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson said the incident began at around noon when Longview police found the missing vehicle, a light-green, mid-90s Honda Civic, parked on a backroad near Olympia Way. Fiest, who was attempting to hide in the back seat when officers approached, sped off, striking one officer, who was reportedly uninjured, and a patrol car.

The fleeing suspect drove toward East Longview as Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputies joined the pursuit, with Fiest reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph and crossing the center line, while spinning out more than once.

After two unsuccessful spike strip deployments, the vehicle spun out and stopped near the intersection of Delameter Lp. and Melton Rd. While officers attempted to block him in, Fiest sped forward and rammed two Sheriff’s vehicles and continued north on Westside Highway toward Lewis County.

Upon entering Vader, Castle Rock police had joined the chase while the Lewis County Sheriff's Office and Winlock Police arrived to provide support.

Fiest reportedly fled down side roads at a high rate of speed and eventually drove into the Vader sewer plant facility at the end of 9th St. Finding no way out, the suspect narrowly avoided driving into Lagoon No. 3 before coming to a stop on the edge of Lagoon No. 2, then got out and fled on foot toward nearby Olequa Creek.

Attempts to Tase Fiest were unsuccessful before he reached the creek, but authorities were waiting on the other side for him where he was taken into custody and later booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on charges of negligent driving and attempting to elude, as well as an outstanding Department of Corrections Warrant. As of press time, Fiest has additionally been booked on charges of second-degree theft, identity theft, and driving while license suspended and is being held on $500,000 bail.

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