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Suspected drunken driver pleads not guilty to ramming WSP car

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 25, 2012 at 9:42 am with No Comments »
September 25, 2012 9:42 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 26-year-old Puyallup man in connection with a high-speed chase that ended in Tacoma early Saturday.

Paul Bruglia pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree assault, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and driving under the influence during his arraignment.

The Washington State Patrol said Bruglia was driving up to 130 mph when Trooper Sean Chatterton began pursuing him south on Interstate 5, where Bruglia crashed around milepost 135.

When the trooper stepped out of his vehicle, dashboard video shows Bruglia ramming the patrol car. Fearing for his life, Chatterton fired his gun and struck Bruglia on the wrist.

Bruglia began driving northbound in the southbound lanes in an attempt to escape and again rammed the trooper’s patrol car before getting on state Route 16 and crashing a second time, charging papers state.

Chatterton is on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

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