A man accused of driving into a patrol car and then taking swings at a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty Monday.
The 46-year-old Tacoma man was charged with second- and third-degree assault and trying to elude police. He was held pending $500,000 bail.
According to court records, the man was driving a stolen vehicle and making random turns about 3:15 a.m. July 12 near 96th Street East and 48th Avenue East in Summit when deputies tried to pull him over.
Prosecutors said the man accelerated and took the chase to state Route 512 and then Interstate 5, drove in an oncoming lane on Pacific Avenue, and was eventually stopped near South 72nd and South Alaska streets in Tacoma.
While being stopped in Tacoma, he drove into the deputy’s vehicle, giving the officer a sore neck and back and causing $3,000 in damage to the car, prosecutors said.
When another deputy tried to get the fleeing driver out of the car, he started swinging his fists, according to court records, and either broken glass or the man’s fingernail cut the deputy’s hand.
Court records show a female passenger in the stolen vehicle, who suffered minor injuries, told deputies she asked the man about 20 times to pull over, and that she didn’t know why he wouldn’t.
The stolen vehicle was registered to an address in Tumwater and had been reported as missing, prosecutors said.