An 18-year-old Eatonville man recently released from prison is behind bars again after allegedly ramming a Pierce County sheriff’s patrol car during a high-speed pursuit.
Hobert Clark pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of second-degree assault, felony eluding of a police vehicle, reckless endangerment and driving on a suspended license. Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him held in lieu of $100,000.
The incident started about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday when a deputy noticed a car driving 55 miles per hour – 20 mph over the 35 mph speed limit – in the 7800 block of 352nd Street. Clark sped up to 90 mph and began driving into oncoming traffic once the deputy tried to pull him over, according to charging papers.
“Unfortunately, he had another guy and a girl in the car who were both terrified,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
The chase lasted several minutes over potholed roads and ended in the 28600 block of 63rd Avenue West after Clark’s car went airborne, landed hard and blew one of its tires.
Clark pulled into a restaurant parking lot after driving over spike sticks used by deputies to flatten his car’s tires and rammed a patrol car, court records allege. Two deputies inside suffered minor injuries.
Deputies took him into custody as he tried to run for a nearby wooded area. His passengers were driven home. Stolen items were found inside the vehicle.
Clark recently pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a stolen vehicle, according to court records.
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