UPDATE: The suspected driver was later found lying in the backyard of a house in the 1600 block of 105th Street South. He had a broken foot, Lakewood police Lt. Dave Guttu said.
A woman at the home called 911 and reported finding the man. She said he appeared to be asleep.
The 31-year-old man was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injured foot. He’s since been booked into Pierce County Jail for felony eluding and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Lakewood police are searching for the driver of a white pickup truck that fled from an officer and crashed through a chain link fence at a Parkland apartment complex.
No one was injured during the incident, which occurred shortly before 4 a.m.
A Lakewood police officer tried to stop the truck in the area of 96th Street South and Steele Street South, Lakewood police Lt. Dave Guttu said. Guttu didn’t immediately know what about the truck caught the officer’s attention but the police call noted the officer was looking into a possible violation of a protection order.
The truck driver didn’t stop and took off. The officer pursued the truck.
After a short time, the truck turned north on South Ainsworth Avenue. As the truck went about 45 mph near 104th Street South, an occupant jumped out of the passenger side of the truck, Guttu said.
The officer initially believed a passenger had jumped out so he stayed behind the truck.
The truck crashed through a chain link fence at an apartment complex at 102nd Street South and South Ainsworth Avenue. The truck stopped against a second fence, Guttu said.
The officer approached the truck and discovered no one inside. He then determined the driver had bailed out the passenger side of the moving truck about two blocks earlier.
A police dog searched the area of 104th and Ainsworth but did not find the driver.
Police officers checked area hospitals to see if the driver was being treated for injuries but found didn’t find him, Guttu said.
Officers have impounded the pickup truck for processing. They talked to the registered owner and have an idea of who was driving the truck this morning, Guttu said.