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UPDATED: Car crashes into Tacoma-area garage

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 29, 2012 at 6:15 am with 9 Comments »
May 29, 2012 10:41 am
Courtesy of KIRO TV

A speeding car crashed into a garage just outside the City of Tacoma overnight.

The crash occurred near South 96th and South J streets. Deputies tried to stop a car that had been going 75 to 80 mph, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The car didn’t stop and took off. It failed to make a turn, went over a sidewalk and crashed into a garage. The driver wasn’t hurt and was arrested.

The homeowner told KIRO that sheriff’s deputies knocked on his door and said he needed to come outside.

The speeding car heavily damaged the structure and landed on top of a 1960 Ford Thunderbird parked inside. Stephen Medley told KIRO he bought the Thunderbird from his parents in 1968 when he was serving in the Army.

“It goes back in history, yeah,” Medley said. “We both survived the war, so I guess that’s good, but, we’ll see how it works out now.”

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. m9078jk3 says:

    This is a tragic consequence of a dangerous car oriented failed society.
    This wouldn’t be happening if the operator had been riding a bicycle or velomobile.

  2. hooks21 says:

    I really hope the car inside the garage wasn’t in mint condition. What a waste.

  3. nonstopjoe says:

    No doubt this was an “unsafe” chase involving excessive speeds. Had the deputy slowed down the perp likely wouldn’t have crashed his car onto the garage. The county should reimburse the homeowner for his loss.

  4. I feel the same way stop the chase and we have no accident…luckily no one was hurt or it would’ve really been tragic

  5. reaper14all says:

    Well, all the perp had to do is pull over and this wouldn’t have happened. Time to stop blaming the police doing their job and take this idiot and make an open example of him in public like hanging him. At lest he wouldn’t be able to steal cars anymore. Always said vehicles replaced Man’s horse and they used to hang horse thieves.
    These misfits in society don’t care about anything other then the rush they get from stealing something and using it. So give them a rush at the end of a rope.

  6. Ortingmom says:

    If they would have stopped the chase and the scum bag got away and caused harm to someone, the same people would be outraged,”how dare the cops let those guys get away”

  7. frankiethomas says:

    Good grief. You guys that want the cops to just let them drive away – Do you see what is happening in Seattle right now because the cops are afraid to lift a finger?

  8. PolarBear53 says:

    Nonstopjoe & Sutton. The truth is a PCSO officer onviewed this vehicle going at a high rate of speed. The officer was only in “pursuit” for about 30-45 seconds. I wouldnt even call this one a pursuit, He hit the red and blue lights after he seen the vehicle but was so far behind the suspect. As the officer tried to catch up the vehicle- the suspect already had crashed into the garage. The Commander was already just about to call this off the moment he crashed.

  9. I think the perp should be sentenced to hand sand the car (after the major bodywork is done) and should be made to hand rub each coat of hi gloss lacquer for say, thirty coats.

    Then his probation conditions should include weekly hand washing and hand waxing it for about a year while wearing a shirt that says “I can’t drive at ANY speed.”

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