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Tag: Pierce County Sheriff’s Department


Man pleads not guilty after allegedly driving headlong into Pierce County patrol car, swinging at sheriff’s deputy after chase

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

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

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.

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Motorcyclist killed in Graham crash with car

A man riding his motorcycle in Graham was killed tonight when a car turned in front of him and the two vehicles crashed, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The crash happened about 5 p.m. near 224th Street East and Meridian Avenue East.

Crews performed CPR on the motorcyclist, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Troyer said.

No one else was injured.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.


Child drowns at White River campground

A young boy drowned Saturday night at the White River campground, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Jerry Bates.

Mount Rainier National Park rangers pulled the boy from the river and started CPR, he said.

The child was about 7 years old, Bates said.

Further details were not immediately available Sunday. Check back for updates.


Orting man killed in homicide-suicide crash identified

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified an Orting man killed in a homicide-suicide crash Monday in Graham as Steve Munson, 56.

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies said Munson died when 19-year-old Justin Bell drove a Ford Mustang more than 100 miles per hour and crashed into the pickup truck the 56-year-old was driving about 11 p.m. near Orting Kapowsin Highway East and 200th Street East.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies said Bell, of the Graham area, left a suicide note that said the teenager was going to drive his car into a pole.


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Deputy pursuit of stolen vehicle ends in Parkland crash, one suspect trapped in wreck

A law enforcement pursuit of a stolen vehicle ended in a crash in the 2100 block of 112th Street South, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

A man and woman were in the stolen truck that crashed, Troyer said. No other cars were involved in that wreck, he said.

He said the woman was taken into custody right away, and that the man was taken into custody after emergency crews extricated him from the wreck. Both are being evaluated for minor injuries.

Troyer said a deputy stopped the truck by intentionally hitting the back of the vehicle, which caused

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Man dead, woman injured after motorcycle-BMW crash south of Gig Harbor

A Tacoma man riding his motorcycle died Saturday after a Gig Harbor woman driving a BMW crossed the center line about 7:15 p.m. in the 2800 block of East Bay Drive Northwest and hit him head-on, according the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The 69-year-old man was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead after the crash south of Gig Harbor. He was identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office as Alex Heinz.

The woman, 71, was taken to the hospital for injuries, and is expected to be okay, Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Deputies don’t believe drugs or alcohol

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Deputies: Man, 25, arrested when girlfriend finds him taking baby girl out of freezer

A 25-year-old man was arrested south of Roy Saturday for investigation of attempted murder, after deputies say his girlfriend found him taking their 6-week-old daughter out of a freezer.

Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the 22-year-old mother called 911 about 4:30 p.m. when she found her boyfriend taking the child out of the freezer at their home in the 7600 block of 320th Street South.

The infant was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital with a body temperature of 84 degrees, Troyer said, and they believe she had been left in the

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