[Port Angeles, Washington] — A Port Angeles man who escaped from police last week as they sought to detain him on a parole violation charge hasn't been avoiding his Facebook friends.
Although on the lam from police, Travis A. Nicolaysen made sure to update his Facebook account — including the announcement that he is no longer in a relationship with his girlfriend.
The posts, which began the day after he eluded a manhunt last Wednesday, include a "status change" from "in a relationship" to "single," along with responses to people who offered to help him, sent him their personal contact information, warned him that police are after him and pleaded that he turn himself in.
Posts piled up even the day of the chase.
"Cops all over you," one friend posted on his account Wednesday.
Nicolaysen, 26, responded a few hours later with, "got away thanks bro."
Nicolaysen escaped officers during two separate foot chases during the dragnet that included a police dog tracking him through a residential neighborhood near Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.
Port Angeles police officers and Clallam County sheriff's deputies tracked him from Caroline Street to the Waterfront Trail, where he was last seen. Officials guessed he got away in a vehicle that was either parked there or had stopped to give him a ride.
Nicolaysen is wanted by the state Department of Corrections for a parole violation, having failed to check in with his parole officer since January.
Police also have probable cause to arrest Nicolaysen for felony assault for allegedly injuring a girlfriend in a March 28 incident.
Nicolaysen and his friends have been posting on his Facebook account since last week's chase.
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