An 18-year-old man is accused of leading Pierce County sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit and fleeing on foot before coming clean and admitting he had been behind the wheel.
Marcel Jackson has been charged with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, striking property and making a false statement to a public servant.
The chase took place about 2 a.m. Thursday.
A deputy tried to pull Jackson over on Pacific Avenue South after hearing a modified exhaust from Jackson’s 1990 Honda Civic.
According to charging papers:
Jackson ran two stop signs and eventually turned his lights off in an attempt to hide from the deputy. The pursuit ended when Jackson crashed through a fence and into a large shed.
He then took off running.
A K-9 team was called out for the search and tracked footprints, which ended near fresh tire tracks on a grassy field. Deputies believed the suspect had been picked up by someone.
About 45 minutes later, Jackson appeared at the scene of the crash and claimed that his Honda had been stolen.
The deputy involved in the pursuit, however, noticed grass stains on Jackson’s pants and shoes.
Jackson eventually told the deputy “he wanted to be honest with him.”
He confessed that he tried to elude the deputy because he had been drinking and was afraid of getting a DUI.
“He admitted what he did was stupid and that he could have killed someone when he ran the stop signs,” court documents state.