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Pursuit ends in Fife when police dog takes down man driving stolen car

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
January 30, 2013 1:31 pm

Tacoma police said a 24-year-old man driving a stolen car led officers on a pursuit that ended in Fife Tuesday night after a police dog caught up to him as he tried to flee on foot.

A patrol officer spotted the stolen car in the 3800 block of Pacific Avenue and attempted to pull the driver over. The driver sped up, leading police down state Route 7 and Interstate 5 before getting off the freeway in Fife.

The driver was forced to stop for a train, made a U-turn and possibly blew out a back tire, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. He tried to hit a pursuing patrol car as he drove past, but instead ended up losing control and crashing in a ditch.

As he fled on foot, a police dog gave chase and took him down.

The man was carrying multiple shaved keys used for stealing cars and several weapons, including folding knives, Cool said.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of felony eluding, possessing a stolen vehicle, possessing auto theft tools and possessing a dangerous weapon.

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