A stolen car that had been fleeing from Lakewood police crashed into a truck at the intersection of 72nd Street East and Canyon Road early today.
The crash sent the stolen Nissan 300ZX spinning. The driver, identified as a 37-year-old Eatonville man, was partially ejected. He sustained serious injuries and was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma for treatment, Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said.
The truck driver complained of foot pain and was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
The incident began shortly after 4:30 a.m. when a Lakewood police officer spotted the stolen car near 86th Street South and 34th Avenue South. The car had been reported stolen to Puyallup police, Lawler said.
Officers spotted two men in the car and tried to pin the car in. The driver tried to ram one of the moving Lakewood police cars but the officer was able to move out of the way in time, Lawler said.
At one point, the passenger bailed out near the former Starlite Drive-In. He’s not been found or identified, Lawler said.
Meanwhile, the stolen car took off eastbound. Officers pursued the vehicle for more than a minute.
At the intersection of 72nd Street and Canyon Road, the stolen car smashed into a truck, Lawler said. The stolen car spun out.
When officers caught up to the crash scene, they saw the driver of the stolen vehicle had a gun in a holster on his hip, Lawler said. The gun had been reported stolen.
No officers were injured.
The truck driver was driving with a suspended license and had two outstanding warrants for his arrest, Lawler said.
The man in the stolen car is a convicted felon with several previous arrests, including for eluding Tacoma police, Lawler said.
The crash and its investigation initially blocked traffic. However, by 7 a.m. the crash had been cleared.