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UPDATED: WSP arrests one after chasing stolen car into Tacoma

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 18, 2011 at 5:45 am |
August 18, 2011 12:24 pm

UPDATED at 11:25 a.m.

Washington State Patrol troopers arrested one man early today after he allegedly tried to flee from them in a stolen car.

The pursuit began just before midnight in the area of state Route 7 and 188th Street, trooper Guy Gill said.

A trooper had spotted a 2005 Acura MDX that didn’t have its lights on. When the trooper started to stop the car, it took off.

The car sped through stop lights and stop signs and, at times, went more than 80 mph, Gill said.

When the car blew through a red light at Pacific Avenue and Military Road, troopers ended their pursuit because of the driver’s actions.

A short time later, troopers spotted the car again and restarted the chase.

They put down spike strips on Pacific Avenue, which the car ran over. The strips deflated the tires. Nonetheless, the car continued north on Pacific from 96th Street, Gill said.

Troopers conducted a pursuit intervention technique at 47th Street and Pacific Avenue. The car struck a pole, and the driver was taken into custody without further incident, Gill said.

He added that there were no major injuries.

Troopers booked the 25-year-old man driving the stolen car into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, felony eluding, possession of stolen property and other charges.

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