Suspected drunken driver crashes into Tacoma yard

Staff writerFebruary 13, 2014 

A suspected drunken driver crashed into a Tacoma yard early Thursday after troopers ended a high-speed pursuit that reached 129 miles per hour, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The chase started about 2 a.m. after a trooper tried to stop the man’s 1996 Mercedes Benz 320 as it sped north on Interstate 5 past state Route 512.

Instead of pulling over, the driver got off the freeway at 84th Street and turned south on Hosmer Street, running a stop sign at about 70 mph. The trooper then stopped chasing him for safety reasons, trooper Guy Gill said.

“This driver continued driving erratically even though there was nobody pursuing him,” Gill said.

The man crashed into the front yard of a home near South 78th Street and South Ainsworth Avenue. Troopers, who continued patrolling the area looking for the man, spotted the wreck and arrested him on suspicion of DUI and felony eluding.

Gill said the 27-year-old man was also driving on a suspended license.

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