Fircrest man jailed in crash

Staff writerNovember 24, 2013 

A driver rammed his pickup into a motorcycle Saturday, causing two more vehicles stopped at a red light to crash. The man then fled the scene on state Route 161 in South Hill, the Washington State Patrol reported.

A witness followed the suspect to a nearby residence and called the State Patrol, who then took the suspect into custody, State Patrol spokesman trooper Guy Gill said.

The suspect, a 50-year-old Fircrest man, was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of felony hit and run and vehicular assault. Authorities suspect he was speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The motorcyclist, a 30-year-old Puyallup man, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma with non-life-threatening injuries, Gill said.

The suspect and the other two drivers were not injured.

The motorcycle was stopped at a red light in a left-turn lane behind another pickup and a car on southbound state Route 161 (Meridian East) at 132nd Street East around 3:20 p.m.

The suspect was southbound and hit the motorcycle, dragging it into the other pickup. That pickup hit the car ahead of it.

Gill said the help of the witness resulted in the suspect’s arrest. “It’s reassuring to us to get public assistance like this,” he said.

steve.maynard@ thenewstribune.com

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