Suspect accused of fleeing at high-speed, crashing at dead end and tripping before arrest

Staff writerFebruary 3, 2014 

A police pursuit ended Thursday when the 21-year-old suspect crashed his vehicle at the dead end of a Tacoma road and tripped as he tried to flee on foot, court records show.

According to charging papers:

A Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy tried to pull over the red Mustang the suspect was driving about 8:30 p.m. at McKinley Avenue East and 72nd Street East, when he noticed the vehicle going 67 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The deputy reached 80 mph pursuing the Mustang, and saw they were both approaching a dead end.

The deputy slowed. The Mustang braked too late, and went up and over a rock, almost hitting a house in the 7600 block of East D. Street.

The suspect took off on foot, tripped and fell, and was apprehended by the deputy.

A passenger in the Mustang was crying as he told the deputy he was afraid he would be hurt or killed during the chase.

The driver apologized for fleeing and said he made a mistake. He asked the deputy what his kids would do if an officer turned on red and blue lights behind them.

To which the official replied: ""they would pull over." 

The 21-year-old pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of attempting to elude an officer, obstructing an officer, and resisting arrest.

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