A man pulled over as part of a routine traffic stop this afternoon told a Fife police officer, “I think I can take you.”
He was wrong. He’s now on his way to Pierce County Jail.
The incident began about 2:45 p.m. when the officer pulled behind the man on 54th Avenue East for a traffic stop, Fife police Lt. Tom Thompson said.
The man drove onto southbound Interstate 5 and was followed by the officer. The man pulled off the highway at the Port of Tacoma Road exit.
“The guy gets out of the car and says, ‘I think I can take you,'” Thompson said.
The officer called for help, pulled out his Taser and told the man to back up. The man reportedly kept coming at the officer so the officer fired his stun gun.
The first deployment had no effect on the man. The man broke away and headed to his car door, Thompson said.
The officer fired the Taser a second time. The man stopped and was taken into custody.
After the arrest, officers discovered the man had a suspended driver’s license and suspected crystal methamphetamine in his pocket, Thompson said.