A fleeing car chased by Pierce County sheriff’s deputies crashed into a garage just outside Tacoma early Tuesday, damaging the wooden structure and a 1960 Ford Thunderbird parked inside.
Deputies tried to stop the car about 3 a.m. because it was traveling 75 to 80 miles per hour, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. The driver took off but missed a turn, went over a sidewalk in the 1000 block of South 96th Street and smashed through Stephen Medley’s garage.
The driver wasn’t hurt and was quickly arrested, Troyer said.
Medley told KIRO-TV that deputies knocked on his door and told him about the crash. The fleeing car had landed on top of Medley’s Thunderbird, which his parents gave him in 1968 when he went into the Army.
“It goes back in history,” Medley said. “We both survived the war, so I guess that’s good. But we’ll see how it works out now.”
Medley said friends and family helped him shore up the shattered garage. Depending on the damage to his beloved Thunderbird, he hopes to finish restoring the car when he retires.