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More details emerge on police chase, suspect crash on Eastside

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2008 at 12:11 pm |
February 27, 2008 12:11 pm

I took a quick read through the charging documents from Monday’s police chase on the Eastside.


Here’s a few more tidbits from those of you who got stuck in traffic or witnessed the crazy, complex incident.


(This information comes from charging documents filed Tuesday by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office


Prosecutors charged Darlene Fantasia Byrd with theft of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, residential burglary and duty in case of damage to attended vehicle or other property.


According to charging documents, Byrd is a prostitute. She was picked up by a man she’d had previous encounters with.


They went to buy some drugs and then headed to the Calico Cat to get a room. While he was getting a key, she took off in his 2005 Ford pickup truck.


The officer that took the theft report later spotted the woman in the pickup truck. He tried to pull her over but the woman took off.


The charging documents give this account:



Byrd reached high to oncoming lanes, ran over a fire hydrant, dragging it several feet and hit another vehicle. The officer ceased his pursuit in the interest of public safety. Another officer observed Byrd later in the stolen pickup. At that time Byrd appeared to be driving responsibly. The officer attempted to make contact with Byrd in the vehicle.


When the officers’ emergency equipment was activated (at a stop light) Byrd put the vehicle in reverse and rammed another vehicle which in turn hit yet another vehicle. Byrd kept accelerating backwards after

hitting the vehicle. She then put the pickup into drive and fled.


Eventually Byrd hit a pole and ran from the scene.


She broke through the back door of a home. Officers found her face down on a bed, with her shoes beneath the bed. They found a crack pipe located under a basket.


She resisted arrest and “had to be subdued,” the charging documents state.


The woman told officers she took the pickup because she didn’t want to have sex with the customer. She said she knew she hit other vehicles and asked if she killed anyone.


She said she fled from police because she didn’t want to go to jail.


That plan didn’t work.

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