A man fleeing Pierce County sheriff’s deputies was badly injured Friday when he crashed his car into a Tacoma house, police said.
No one in the fourplex at South 38th and South L streets was hurt, but the building was badly damaged.
The incident began about 2 a.m. when a deputy tried to stop the man for a traffic violation, police reported. Instead of pulling over, the man sped away, leading deputies through the southern part of the city at speeds that reached 100 mph, police said.
The fleeing man was wanted on an arrest warrant and might have bought drugs shortly before the chase began, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
The man drove the wrong way on Interstate 5 during part of the chase and nearly rammed a sheriff’s car at one point, Troyer said. Deputies initially broke off the pursuit but later picked it up after spotting the fleeing car, police said.
The man lost control of his car on South 38th Street, and the vehicle slammed into an occupied house on the northern side of the street before careening into the intersection and coming to rest, police said.
The driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Deputies expect to book him into jail for investigation of numerous offenses once he’s released from the hospital.
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