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Prosecutors charge man who led Tacoma police on high speed chase

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:18 am |
October 9, 2012 11:18 am

A 27-year-old man accused of leading Tacoma police on a high speed chase Friday has pleaded not guilty to vehicular assault, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and third-degree driving on a suspended license.

William Dahl remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The chase started about 11 p.m. when officers learned that a homicide suspect was a passenger in Dahl’s 2002 Mitsubishi Galant.

Police pulled Dahl’s vehicle over at a gas station at 107th Street and Pacific Avenue and ordered the men inside to put their hands on their heads. As an officer stepped out of his unmarked vehicle, Dahl sped away.

Dahl drove into oncoming traffic and ran nine red lights before striking a curb and spinning out of control, according to charging documents.

As police caught up, Dahl took off and struck a pickup truck as he ran the stop sign at 43rd and D streets. The driver of the pickup was knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital.

Dahl and his passenger were arrested. Police said a bag of methamphetamine was found in Dahl’s pants pocket.

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