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Man charged after driveby shooting, car chase in Parkland area

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 15, 2010 at 8:49 am |
June 15, 2010 8:49 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 21-year-old man after he allegedly fired shots in the air at an apartment complex, led deputies on a chase and crashed a car into a detached garage.

Brandon R. Crews was arraigned Monday on charges of drive-by shooting, felony eluding, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and obstructing a law enforcement officer. He was being held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Charging documents provide the following information:

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was on patrol early Sunday when he heard five to six shots coming from an apartment complex near South 96th and South Steele streets.  As the deputy drove to apartment complex, a dark-colored sedan sped out of the lot at a high rate.

The deputy notified other officers in the area.  A short time later, deputies spotted the sedan on South Ainsworth Avenue and Hume Street South in Parkland.

The car initially was traveling about 15 mph, then sped up to 60 mph. The driver ran a stop sign going about 70 mph and, at a rise in the road, the vehicle became airborne.

“This caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle with the vehicle rolling end-over-end several times,” charging documents state.

The car crashed into a detached garage. The driver, later identified as Crews, climbed out through the sunroof and ran away. Deputies chased him and took him into custody.

Crews quickly said he wasn’t driving. Deputies found cash on him and, when tracing the path of the foot pursuit, located two small baggies of a substance that later tested positive for cocaine. Deputies also found a gun in the crashed vehicle.

At the apartment complex, officers found several shell casings in front of the manager’s office.

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