Man convicted of eluding police in 2010 chase near Seattle may face similar charges in Pierce County

Staff writerJuly 15, 2013 

Cameron Crews led the State Patrol on a high-speed chase through King County in 2010, reaching speeds of more than 135 miles per hour on Interstate 5 in the Seattle area.

Now he could face a new charge of eluding police after he allegedly tried to run over a Pierce County deputy while fleeing authorities Friday in Gig Harbor.

Crews, 26, pleaded not guilty Monday to related charges of residential burglary, unlawful possession of firearms, and unlawfully possessing and manufacturing a controlled substance.

Prosecutors said they’re still investigating possible charges of eluding police and assault on an officer.

The court ordered Crews held without bail Monday.

According to court records and the Sheriff’s Department:

A deputy arrived at a Gig Harbor home Friday after people were seen at the house in the 1500 block of 56th Avenue Court Northwest, which the property owner said should have been vacant.

As the deputy approached the gate, Crews drove a white Dodge Infinity at the officer, who fired several shots at him, causing a 4-inch cut on Crews’ back.

Crews fled, and law enforcement later found him ducking down in the passenger seat of a black pickup driven by his girlfriend near a Gig Harbor address where they thought he might be.

The girlfriend, who also faces various drug charges related to 134 starter marijuana plants found in her home afterward, sped away and got out. Crews then took the wheel.

The girlfriend was arrested, and Crews was later found hiding in a Tacoma shed.

Inside the vacant home where Crews was first seen, officers recovered two sawed-off shotguns and various ammunition, documents and credit cards in his name, marijuana hanging to dry and other marijuana paraphernalia.

Crews was convicted in King County of eluding a police officer in 2010, a felony that makes it illegal for him to possess a firearm.

He told officers at the time that he was trying to avoid a ticket when they tried to pull him over for speeding, and that if he’d made improvements to his BMW like he’d planned, he would have been able to get away from them.

Trooper Christopher Storton wrote in court papers that Crews didn’t seem remorseful for his actions; he seemed to think it was fun.

Crews’ attorney in that case gave the court paperwork stating that he completed 123 community service hours at the Tacoma Rescue Mission as part of his sentence.

The Rescue Mission said that was false and that he didn’t volunteer at all.

Crews wrote to the judge in that case: “I will never spend any more of my lifetime dealing with problems like this one that I created. I will follow through with this promise by being an outstanding citizen and doing my part to serve the community.”

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

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