Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase Through Kelso, Into Oregon


Aman was arrested Sunday after he allegedly led law enforcement on a high-speed chase from Kelso to Knappa, Oregon, with two children, unrelated to him, inside the vehicle. The 5-year-old and a 22-month-old were unharmed.

Dakota Carras, 29, fled in his girlfriend’s car with her children after he was recognized by a Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office sergeant at 1:45 p.m. Sunday in Kelso for having outstanding warrants, according to the sheriff’s office.

Carras is not the children’s father and he didn’t have permission to take them, the sheriff’s office reports. The girlfriend told Carras to exit her car before he fled, driving recklessly through Lexington and Columbia Heights around 90 mph and crossing the bridge into Rainier, according to the department.

While relaying information about the pursuit over the radio, the sergeant learned the Clark County Sheriff’s Office also had probable cause to arrest Carras for robbery and kidnapping unrelated to the Sunday incident.

Carras, who has lived in Longview and Battle Ground, was arrested about 45 minutes west of Cowlitz County in Knappa, Oregon, and booked into the Columbia County Jail. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office reports staff are requesting he be charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of reckless endangerment and attempting to elude law enforcement.