A Puyallup man was arraigned Monday on charges of vehicular assault and driving with a suspended license after he allegedly drove his motorcycle into a telephone pole in the Summit area Sunday, injuring his passenger.
Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set the 36-year-old man’s bail at $15,000.
The woman who was his passenger suffered a broken ankle and two broken ribs, sheriff’s spokesman Gary Sanders said Monday.
According to charging documents:
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The motorcyclist missed a corner on Pioneer Way East westbound just past Canyon Road after speeding through the area and driving on the shoulder.
He went off the south side of the road and hit the telephone pole. He broke a finger.
He reeked of alcohol, a deputy found, and was argumentative. He failed field sobriety tests and denied he was driving the motorcycle.
From an ambulance, the woman said she was riding on back of the motorcycle and didn’t know how to drive one, and she said the man had been drinking before the crash.