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Suspected drunken driver unknowingly calls 911, prompting pursuit in Tacoma

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 5, 2012 at 6:18 am |
September 5, 2012 9:49 am

A 47-year-old drunken man driving a suspected stolen car unknowingly dialed 911 late Tuesday while his cell phone was in his pocket, prompting a brief pursuit in Tacoma.

Dispatchers received the first 911 call about 11:30 p.m. and could hear a woman screaming and a man telling her to stop. After continuing to hear sounds of a struggle inside a vehicle, police tracked the phone and responded to the 4300 block of South D Street, where officers saw a car run a red light.

Officers tried to pull the vehicle over. The driver stopped briefly and a woman got out of the car and ran. The man continued driving, refusing to pull over for police.

The man eventually stopped in the 5000 block of Pacific Avenue and fled on foot. A K-9 track was unable to find the suspect. The vehicle was registered in Vancouver and contained several shaved keys, leading police to believe it had been stolen.

About 7 a.m., the same cell phone again called 911 and police were able to trace the call to the 4800 block of South Wilkeson Street, where an intoxicated couple was found sitting inside a different vehicle. The man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and violating a no-contact order. The woman was arrested on outstanding warrants.

Police said the man was drunk and didn’t realize that his cell phone had twice dialed 911.

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