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Fife man allegedly steals car from towing company, injures two officers in pursuit

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
October 23, 2011 8:50 pm

Fife police said a man tried to steal his impounded vehicle from a towing company Saturday evening, hitting four cars and injuring two officers in the process.

The man’s Jeep Cherokee had been towed earlier in the day and he went to the towing company in the 1400 block of 34th Ave. E. to retrieve it but left empty-handed after learning he had to pay money and produce identification.

“We think he came back when he saw the business had closed for the night,” Lt. Tom Thompson said.

A towing employee called police about 6 p.m. to report that a man had snuck into the gated lot and was getting into a Jeep Cherokee. The employee shut the front entrance to try and prevent the suspect from fleeing but the man rammed the gate.

He struck a parked car with a man inside as he fled.

Responding officers coming down the street hit their lights and tried to pull him over.

“He came right at them, tried to swerve around them and hit the patrol car head-on,” Thompson said. “He went onto grass by the road to get around them but he lost his back tire. He was driving with just the rim, so it was quite a show.”

Two officers inside the patrol car were taken to the hospital. One was admitted overnight with neck and back injuries.

Other police cars entered the chase as it headed up Pacific Highway, eventually ending the pursuit by forcing the suspect’s car to turn sideways and spin out.

“He’s trying to throw it in gear and back up to get away but he finally realizes he’s stuck.” Thompson said.

The man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault, burglary, theft, resisting arrest, malicious mischief and felony pursuit.

Police said the man is the same who was involved in a shooting with Puyallup Tribal Police last year.

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