Fugitive expected to plead guilty in local case

PORT ANGELES — An Alabama fugitive who was caught near Port Angeles last October has reached a plea agreement on a pair of Clallam County charges.

Dylan Keith Carroll, who is charged locally with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle, is expected to plead down to lesser charges Wednesday, Superior Court records show.

The 24-year-old is also being held on a fugitive-from-justice charge in a trailing case. He is facing extradition back to Alabama after the Clallam County matter is resolved, prosecutors have said.

Carroll allegedly escaped from a minimum-security prison in Deatsville, Ala., last Sept. 23.

He was serving the first year of a 13-year sentence for an arson conviction when he allegedly drove a stolen 2016 Chevrolet pickup to Forks and was found to be in possession of a Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s deputies were tipped that Carroll was at a Forks coffee shop Oct. 1. Carroll had left the establishment before city and county officers arrived.

Later that day, the wife of an Olympic National Park ranger reported seeing the pickup Carroll was driving just east of Port Angeles.

Deputies spotted Carroll inside the pickup in the Port Angeles Walmart parking lot.

In a Feb. 3 hearing, Clallam County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Sarah Acker told Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer that a governor’s warrant for Carroll’s extradition had arrived in Washington.

Carroll had previously refused to waive extradition.

In a Friday hearing, defense attorney Alex Stalker said the parties had reached an agreement on everything except Carroll’s offender score, according to the minutes of the hearing.

The change-of-plea hearing was reset for Wednesday.

Carroll was serving the prison sentence for setting fire to a hotel in Tallassee, Ala., in 2009.


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.

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