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Trooper injured in altercation with motorcyclist in Kent

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
January 29, 2009 4:00 pm

A Washington State Patrol trooper suffered minor injuries Wednesday night after a pursuit of a reckless motorcyclist.

The incident began just after 6:30 p.m. The trooper spotted a motorcycle driving recklessly eastbound on Southeast 240th Street at State Route 515 in Kent, the State Patrol reported.

The trooper, who was in an unmarked car, followed the rider as he began doing wheelies.

“The motorcycle rider turned his head and when he realized there might be a police officer behind him he fled at a high rate of speed,” the State Patrol reported.

The trooper turned on his emergency equipment and pursued the motorcyclist.

The rider drove back onto SR 515, then lost control and crashed in the intersection of Southeast 208th Street, the agency reported.

The rider fled. He ran through several yards and got over two fences.

“The trooper followed the suspect on foot and when he caught up to him a fight ensued,” the agency reported. “Several Taser applications had no effect on the suspect and the fight continued for several minutes before a homeowner heard the altercation and called 911 to report the trooper’s location.”

The rider got free again and ran to a house, trying to hide. The homeowner called 911 and deputies found the suspect, who still had the Taser probes in his neck. He continued to struggle but was eventually taken into custody.

The 23-year-old Kent man was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of felony eluding and first-degree assault.

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