Overnight manhunt leads to arrest after Puyallup hit-and-run critically injures woman

Staff writerApril 13, 2014 

The scene of an injury-causing collision Saturday night in Puyallup.

PUYALLUP POLICE DEPARTMENT

A Lake Tapps woman was in critical condition and a South Hill man in custody Sunday after a hit-and-run crash Saturday night in Puyallup led to an overnight manhunt.

After using K-9 units and a rescue boat to search the Puyallup River, police arrested the South Hill man at his home about 6 a.m.

He was booked into the Pierce County Jail on two counts of vehicular assault and hit-and-run. Police said they believe alcohol might have been a factor in the crash.

The News Tribune is not naming the man because he has not been charged.

The wreck happened just after 9 p.m. in the 400 block of Second Street Northeast. Police gave this account:

A car driven by the 22-year-old Lake Tapps woman and an SUV driven by the South Hill man were traveling north when the woman tried to make a left turn into a parking lot and the SUV hit her car.

Witnesses told police the SUV driver spoke briefly with people near the scene before running away.

The Lake Tapps woman and a 22-year-old female passenger were trapped in the car when authorities arrived. Central Pierce Fire and Rescue worked for 30 minutes to free them.

The Lake Tapps woman was taken to a Tacoma hospital with critical injuries. She remained in intensive care Sunday. The passenger was treated at a Puyallup hospital and was recovering at home, police said.

Puyallup police and officers from other agencies, including a K-9 unit and the Sheriff's Department's rescue boat, searched for the SUV driver along the Puyallup River.

The search was called off about 1:30 a.m. when no one was found.

The investigation led officers to the suspect’s house just after 4 a.m. Police determined he was inside and negotiated with him for two hours before taking him into custody without incident.

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