Deputies say citizen detained suspect in Parkland hit-and-run that injured family of four

Staff writerOctober 27, 2013 

A citizen chased and helped detain a Spanaway man who crashed into a vehicle occupied by a family of four Sunday in Parkland, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The crash happened about 4 p.m. at 138th and C streets south.

A man and woman suffered minor injuries, and rode to the hospital with two girls, 12 and 8, who suffered moderate injuries, all not life-threatening, Troyer said.

Troyer said investigators believe alcohol was involved when a 47-year-old man in a Ford Explorer blew a light and turned left in front of the family’s Pontiac Sunbird, after witnesses told deputies the Explorer had been speeding down the center lane and passing cars.

After the crash, the Explorer fled, and then crashed into an embankment six blocks away, Troyer said.

The suspect tried to run, but a 30-year-old Spanaway man chased and detained him until law enforcement arrived and took him into custody, Troyer said.

The suspect was being treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, and once treated, was to be booked into jail on suspicion of hit-and-run, Troyer added.

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