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The American Civil Liberties Union this week withdrew a motion in King County Superior Court that sought to bar the city of Issaquah from enforcing an ordinance restricting where sex offenders can live.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit last month on behalf of Kyle Lewis, a Level 3 sex offender, and his mother, who owns the property where her son lives. The Issaquah ordinance passed last month also makes it illegal to rent homes to sex offenders in prohibited areas.

Last week, a court commissioner denied an ACLU request for a temporary restraining order to block the ordinance until the preliminary-injunction hearing date of Sept. 23. The city then began issuing fines of $250 a day to Lewis and his mother.

Lewis didn’t want his mother to be penalized and has agreed to move out of Issaquah, said ACLU spokesman Doug Honig.

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“The lawsuit is proceeding, just on a slower schedule,” Honig said. A trial date is set for Feb. 27, 2007, but a summary judgment could be issued earlier, he said.


Injuries, 2 arrests result from chase

Two men were arrested by Issaquah police after a car chase in which a patrol car was rammed by a car that police believe was stolen. The pursuit started about 4:15 p.m. Monday when police tried to stop a driver for erratic driving.

The driver stopped and backed into the officer’s car, struck an officer and a private car, and then fled onto Interstate 90, police said.

An Issaquah officer followed the car to Highway 18, where the other car crashed and its two occupants ran away. The officer chased the driver and subdued him with a Taser restraint weapon. The passenger was arrested after being chased into woods by a citizen who then alerted officers to his location.

One Issaquah officer was slightly injured in the incident, along with one Snoqualmie officer. Both of those arrested were taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver, 20, of Preston, is being held on suspicion of assault, hit-and-run driving, eluding and other charges, and the passenger, also 20, of Gold Bar, Snohomish County, is being held on suspicion of various felony and misdemeanor charges.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau