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A traffic stop becomes a circus in Tacoma

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
March 4, 2013 2:47 pm

A run-of-the-mill traffic stop in Tacoma turned into a bit of a circus Sunday night.

An officer first tried to pull the car over around 9 p.m. after watching the driver run a red light at East 56th Street and East Portland Avenue. The woman pulled over for a minute but then got back on the road.

She ran another red light and the officer tried to pull her over again. This time she stayed put long enough for the officer to approach her window and ask for her driver’s license.

She didn’t have one, or any other kind of identification. She couldn’t recall her last name and demurely reminded the officer he shouldn’t ask a lady’s age when he inquired about her date of birth.

When asked why she ran the red lights, she allegedly told police she was trying to keep up with her husband’s vehicle.

When the officer briefly returned to his patrol car to try and figure out who the woman was, she took off at 20 miles per hour. Then she turned on her hazard lights and eventually pulled over. Again.

The officer looked in his rear-view mirror and saw the husband’s car speeding toward him and trying to box the patrol car in so he took evasive action, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The officer pulled his gun out, switched on the spotlight and ordered both the man and woman to put their hands where he could see them. The man drove off and although police searched the area, they didn’t find him.

The woman was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving without a license and obstructing a police officer. She told police the man in the other car was, in fact, her mechanic but she didn’t know his name.

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