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UPDATED: Tacoma police arrest teen after chase, find stolen merchandise in stolen car

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2012 at 6:20 am |
February 1, 2012 1:23 pm

UPDATED at 1:23 p.m.

Tacoma police arrested a 14-year-old girl Tuesday night after she allegedly drove a stolen vehicle and assaulted and threatened an officer.

Pierce County prosecutors charged the teen today with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, third-degree assault, felony harassment, making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, resisting arrest and no valid operator’s license. She’s scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at Remann Hall.

Court documents and Tacoma police provided the following account.

A Tacoma police officer had stopped a vehicle in the 2600 block of South Tacoma Way just before 8 p.m. Tuesday because it didn’t have its lights on.

The officer noted the driver appeared to be nervous and having problems parking the vehicle. The driver didn’t have a license or other identification so the officer asked the girl to step out of the vehicle. The girl did and then put her hand in her pocket.

Thinking the girl might be holding a weapon, the officer grabbed the girl’s arm.  The girl spun around and tried to break free. She punched the officer and ran off.

The officer caught up to the girl after a short chase. The girl punched the officer in the face.

The officer got the girl to the ground as the girl continued to throw punches. The officer and another officer got the girl in custody and put her in the back of a patrol car.

Officers discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen from Renton. They also found more than $800 worth of merchandise from Tacoma Mall stores inside the car. There were no receipts for the items. The girl’s 14-year-old passenger was released to her mother.

The girl initially gave officers a different name. She made several obscenity-laced threats toward the officer and threatened to harm her and her family.

The teen claimed to have been arrested 20 times. Tacoma police booked her into Remann Hall juvenile jail in connection with the altercation and on two outstanding warrants.

The teen, a runaway from Kent, had previous convictions for criminal trespass, theft, harassment and assault.

The officer suffered scratches and treated herself at the scene.

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