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Officers chase Orting car thief, owner’s rifle in vehicle

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Oct. 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
October 17, 2012 10:37 pm

A man on his way home from the Orting Eagles Lodge tonight at 112 Bridge Street South only made it to the parking lot before he saw someone else driving off in his Honda Prelude, according to Orting police.

He called officers about the theft just before 7 p.m., and told them his rifle was in the vehicle, according to chief Bill Drake.

Orting officer Jeff Martineau spotted the car near state Route 162 and Whitehawk Boulevard Northwest, and tried to pull it over as the driver entered the Whitehawk subdivision, Drake said.

When the driver didn’t comply, Martineau trailed the vehicle as it reentered northbound SR 162, exited at 115th Street East, and eventually stopped near the Puyallup River Levee, Drake said.

Martineau saw the male driver get out of the car and head toward the river, Drake said.

Crews from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Washington State Patrol and Puyallup Police Deparment helped search for the suspect.

Several K-9 officers and at least one aircraft were involved in the pursuit, Drake said.

They believe the suspect may have crossed the river, he added.

The search was suspended just after 9 p.m.

Both the car and rifle were recovered Drake said.

No one was injured in the pursuit.

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