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Tacoma man pleads not guilty to high-speed pursuit

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 15, 2012 at 8:41 am |
October 15, 2012 8:41 am

The sound of a Taser gun being shot behind him stopped the 24-year-old Tacoma man cold.

Although the prongs of the Taser didn’t hit Ryan Young, the sound ended a pursuit that started when Young allegedly sped past two Pierce County sheriff’s deputies, ran several red lights and took off running when he crashed his car.

Young pleaded not guilty to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, driving on a suspended license, obstructing a public servant and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

His bail was set at $75,000.

The incident happened late Wednesday at the intersection of 96th Street South and Steele Street.

According to charging documents:

Young refused to pull over for deputies and eventually lost control of his car when it struck a center divider. Once the car stopped, Young tried to escape on foot but surrendered when he heard a Taser gun being deployed.

A baggie with 4.6 grams of marijuana was found on him when he was arrested.

“He had no excuse for driving so fast and admitted he was the patrol SUV sitting at the light when he went through it,” charging papers said.

His passenger told deputies he urged Young to stop.

Records show Young’s license was suspended and he had an active escape warrant from the state Department of Corrections.

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