Moses Lake felon with more than a dozen convictions gets 15+ years for drug-related crimes

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SPOKANE, Wash. — A Moses Lake man with more than 13 prior felony convictions will spend the next 15 years in prison for a string of drug-related crimes and high-speed chases that prosecutors say endangered the larger community.

According to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for Eastern Washington, Jeremy Gilbert pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine. That charge stemmed from an August 2020 incident that began when a Grant County homeowner spotted him asleep in his vehicle outside of their home.

Expecting him to try and flee after waking up, deputies used patrol vehicles to block him into the driveway before peering in his car and spotting drug paraphernalia. After several minutes of trying to wake him up, a startled Gilbert allegedly woke up in a frenzy and tried driving away. He knocked into several patrol cars and launched a high-speed chase through Moses Lake.

Law enforcement says he entered I-90 driving in the wrong direction at extremely high speeds, maneuvering through residential roads and school zones to try making his escape. Eventually, one Grant County deputy used a “PIT’ maneuver to bring Gilbert to a screeching halt before he was removed from the vehicle.

A search warrant was obtained after Gilbert contacted his wife to let her know there were drugs in the car. Inside was a loaded firearm reported stolen out of Wenatchee and an estimated 103.3 grams of meth.

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“The brazen nature of these cascading crimes truly warrant this significant sentence,” said ATF Seattle Field Division Special Agent in Charge Jonathan T. McPherson. “We will always work closely with our state and local law enforcement partners to investigate felons who choose to possess firearms – particularly stolen firearms – when they know they are not supposed to have them.”

He made bail and was released from the Grant County Jail until another altercation in December 2020 when he fled from his vehicle and law enforcement officials. Days later, Moses Lake police officers tried to make a traffic stop after spotting him again—this time, in a Mercedes-Benz.

Gilbert took off again, but this time, his vehicle was stopped by a spike strip. He crashed into a parking lot and was captured after a brief attempt to run from the police.

“With Mr. Gilbert’s sentencing, the Moses Lake Community will be much safer,” Kevin J. Fuhr, Chief of Police for the City of Moses Lake, stated. “We appreciate our longstanding partnerships with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, and the US Attorney’s Office.  Our agencies will continue to work together to keep the people of Moses Lake and Grant County safe and secure.”

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