Pierce County prosecutors today filed four felony charges against a 20-year-old Auburn man accused of trying to run down a state trooper following a wild, two-county chase.
Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of Alexander F. Parkhotyuk to charges of second-degree assault, attempting to elude a pursuing police officer, theft of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a stolen car.
Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi ordered Parkhotyuk jailed in lieu of $1 million at his preliminary court appearance last week. Oishi maintained bail at that amount today at the urging of deputy prosecutor Patrick Cooper.
Cooper said Parkhotyuk’s alleged actions “presented an extreme danger” to both the trooper and the public.
Public defender Teresa Miller had asked for $50,000 bail, saying Parkhotyuk’s criminal history was light.
Authorities believe it was Parkhotyuk, driving a BMW stolen from a Fife dealership, who led police on a chase Wednesday from South King County to Fife. Once there, he’s suspected of dumping the BMW and stealing another car near the Costco business center on 20th Street.
He then tried to run down a motorcycle trooper who attempted to stop him, authorities said. The trooper fired a number of shots into the car’s windshield but didn’t hit Parkhotyuk, who soon after crashed the second car into a tree.
Troopers said Parkhotyuk was combative and had to be shocked with a stun gun before they could arrest him.