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Court records show man, 19, told Steilacoom officer after police pursuit that he thought he’d get away if he ‘drove fast’

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on April 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
April 28, 2013 9:24 pm

A 19-year-old man charged with trying to elude Steilacoom police Thursday told officers: “I thought I could get away if I drove away fast,” according to court records.

He made a good faith effort, according to the documents that report he was driving more than 40 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.

But it didn’t work.

Court records gave this account:

An officer saw the man drive a Jeep past a “Do Not Enter” sign at Steilacoom Boulevard and Puyallup and Starling streets, waive at the cop, and run a stop sign.

When the officer started to pursue the vehicle, the Jeep ran another stop sign and at that point was swerving and driving in the oncoming lane.

It suddenly slowed and stopped in the 1200 block of Nisqually Street, where the man was arrested without incident.

Two 14-year-old passengers and a 17-year-old who had been in the Jeep gave accounts of what happened. One of the 14-year-old passengers reportedly had told the driver: “this is not the way to do things,” and to stop the vehicle.

When the driver himself was asked by officers about the pursuit, he said he was sorry and that he had been nervous.

“I was scared and my adrenaline was pumping you know?” he added.

The man pleaded not guilty Saturday, and was released on his personal recognizance pending trial.

He’s not allowed to transport minors until the court says otherwise.

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