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Suspected car thief deputies say faked paralysis to escape pleads not guilty

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on July 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm with No Comments »
July 14, 2013 7:07 pm

A suspected car thief deputies said faked paralysis to escape custody pleaded not guilty recently.

Justin Wetrich, 30 of Buckley, faces charges of attempting to elude police, first-degree possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, among other counts.

He was arraigned and pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Deputies said Wetrich crashed a stolen truck in Parkland in late May while attempting to flee law enforcement.

He was taken to the hospital after the wreck, and said he was paralyzed, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Doctors believed him, and he later ran away, deputies said.

He was arrested Wednesday. The circumstances of his arrest were not immediately available Sunday.

 

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