Tacoma police have arrested a man suspected of crashing his vehicle, trying to hide stolen items and guns in nearby bushes and then running from officers this morning.
The man has since been booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, resisting arrest and possession of a stolen firearm.
Officers suspect the man was driving a pickup truck and towing another vehicle shortly before 7 a.m. today, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. He lost control of the truck in the 3800 block of South Orchard Street, crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into the hillside.
The man got out and was reportedly trying to hide some items in the bushes, Fulghum said. The items included guns, at least one of which had been reported stolen.
When officers arrived, the man fought them off and ran into a heavily wooded area west of Orchard Street.
Officers found him a short time later. He again resisted arrest but was taken into custody, Fulghum said.
We’ve got a few emails/questions regarding police activity this morning on Orchard Street.
Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum reports officers responded to an accident. Officers spotted stolen items in one of the vehicles.
The occupants fled. Officers are looking for them now.
Orchard is closed at Emerson and at Center streets.