Gig Harbor man who tried to run over sheriff's deputy pleads guilty

Staff writerJanuary 8, 2014 

A Gig Harbor man who tried to run over a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy while fleeing authorities pleaded guilty Wednesday to several charges related to the July 12 incident.

Cameron Crews, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, residential burglary, attempting to elude police, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 26 months in prison.

The incident began when a deputy was called to Gig Harbor on July 12 after the owner of a home in the 1500 block of 56th Avenue Court Northwest said the house was vacant but people were spotted there.

According to court documents:

As the deputy approached the gate, Crews drove an SUV toward the deputy, prompting the deputy to fire several shots at him. Crews suffered a 4-inch cut to his back.

Crews fled and later was found trying to hide in the passenger seat of his girlfriend’s pickup truck. The girlfriend drove a distance and then got out of the truck. Crews got behind the wheel and sped away, leading law enforcement on a pursuit into South Tacoma.

He took cover in a Tacoma shed, where he was arrested.

Police found two sawed-off shotguns, ammunition, marijuana hanging to dry, documents and credit cards in Crews’ name and other drug paraphernalia inside the vacant home where he was first spotted.

This wasn’t the first time Crews ran afoul of the law. He was convicted in 2010 in King County of eluding a police officer, a felony that makes it illegal for him to possess a firearm.

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