Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 29-year-old man after he allegedly led Lakewood police on a high-speed chase early Friday, then drove at a sheriff’s deputy.
Kamara K. Chouap was charged Monday with first-degree assault and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. He’s being held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Charging documents provide the following information:
Just before 3 a.m. Friday, Lakewood officers tried to stop Chouap’s vehicle. (The reason for the traffic stop is not listed in the charging documents.)
Chouap didn’t stop and took off at a high rate of speed. The officers activated their emergency lights and sirens.
The car sped south on Bridgeport Way, going more than 80 mph in a 35 mph zone. Officers reported that other vehicles had to swerve to avoid the car.
The car got onto northbound Interstate 5, got off at some point (charging documents don’t say where) and ended up on Pacific Avenue. Chouap didn’t stop at a stop sign at the intersection of 122nd and C streets.
Officers did a P.I.T. maneuver on Chouap’s car but he was able to drive out of it. A sheriff’s deputy was standing outside of his car, attempting to put out stop sticks on Garfield Street when Chouap swerved to the right and drove at the deputy.
The deputy was able to jump in his patrol car and another deputy drove the car forward to avoid being hit.
Officers attempted another P.I.T. maneuver and Chouap slammed on his brakes. He got out and ran. A police dog caught up with Chouap a half block away.