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Police arrest man accused of fleeing Tacoma courtroom in February when verdict was read

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on May 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
May 19, 2013 5:46 pm

A man accused of struggling with a deputy and fleeing a downtown Tacoma courtroom in February when he was found guilty of attempting to elude police was apparently more cooperative when he was arrested Sunday.

Leroy Phillip Scott, 34, was out on $10,000 bail when he came to Pierce County Superior Court Feb. 27, where he was found guilty of attempting to elude a police vehicle.

That was because he fled when an officer tried to pull him over in July 2012, when he had a domestic violence bench warrant and department of corrections warrant out for his arrest, according to court records.

An anonymous tip helped Tacoma police find him in an apartment in the 500 block of South Ainsworth Avenue Sunday. He was arrested about 2 p.m.

“He did cooperate,” spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. “He was taken into custody without any incident.”

Scott is charged with the additional crimes of second-degree assault, first-degree escape and second-degree malicious mischief.

Court records give this account of his February escape:

The court ordered Scott held pending sentencing once the guilty verdict was read, and said he could post another $10,000, but needed to be taken into custody first.

Scott approached the deputy in the courtroom and asked to speak to his mother, then tried to push past the official.

The deputy took Scott to the ground in front of the jury box, but he managed to get away and jump over a partition to get to the door.

The deputy followed and tried to take Scott to the ground again, but he got back on his feet and charged the official, hitting him with his shoulder and wrapping his arms around him.

Scott pushed them through the doors, the deputy let go, and the defendant broke through an emergency exit at the end of the hallway and fled.

The deputy tried to tase him, but only one prong stuck.

No one was injured in the struggle, according to the sheriff’s department.

Witnesses and a police dog failed to find Scott.

He pleaded guilty in December 2008 to a separate charge of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, second-degree assault in 2002 and second-degree theft in 1998.

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