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Tacoma police (finally) catch up to man suspected of drunken driving

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 13, 2012 at 11:10 am |
January 13, 2012 11:10 am

Tacoma police arrested a man late Thursday after he twice fled from officers trying to stop him on suspicion of drunken driving.

Officers first spotted the man speeding in the 5400 block of South Tacoma Way just after 10:50 p.m., Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

When officers turned on their emergency lights to stop the car, the man sped off. Officers noted the car’s license plate but did not start pursuing the man, Fulghum said.

“The way he was driving was not safe,” Fulghum said.

The officers broadcast the vehicle’s information to others working Thursday night.

Minutes later, officers again spotted the man at South 26th Street and Pacific Avenue. Again, officers switched on their emergency lights and tried to stop the car, Fulghum said. And again, the man sped off.

A short time later, an officer in an unmarked car spotted the man driving in the area of South 15th Street and Fawcett Avenue. The officer followed the car as marked patrol cruisers headed to the area.

“Officers got in position and he was taken into custody for DUI,” Fulghum said. “That was the end of his run.”

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