A 40-year-old Lakewood man allegedly fleeing from police was seriously hurt Saturday after his vehicle struck a tree and retaining wall in Puyallup.
His female passenger also was injured; both were taken to Tacoma General Hospital, police said.
The man, whose name wasn’t released, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault, said Puyallup police Capt. Ryan Portmann. The man may have been under the influence of drugs, police said.
The incident started at 2:13 p.m., when an officer contacted the occupants of a vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment building on South Meridian. The officer suspected they’d been prowling cars at a nearby business, Portmann wrote in a news release.
But the driver “put the car in gear and fled the parking lot. While fleeing, the suspect vehicle nearly struck the officer,” Portmann wrote.
Another officer spotted the vehicle heading east on State Route 512 from 31st Avenue Southeast, Portmann wrote. As the officer tried to catch up, the vehicle got off the highway at South Meridian, lost control and crashed, Portmann wrote.
The police department’s Major Collision Response Team is investigating.