Man charged after crashing into Puyallup police car

Staff writerNovember 13, 2013 

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old man with vehicular assault for allegedly hitting a Puyallup police officer’s patrol car while driving a friend home from a Tacoma club.

The man has not yet been arraigned for the Oct. 19 crash at the intersection of South Fruitland and 84th Street East.

The officer suffered two spinal fractures in the accident, court records show.

The officer was driving through the intersection when the man ran a stop sign and T-boned his patrol car on the driver’s side, according to charging papers.

The man allegedly told police he’d only had two beers and slid through the stop sign because his tires were bald. Charging papers note that the man asked several times about the condition of the officer he struck.

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