You’d think police officers and barricades would deter anyone from driving through a crash scene.
That wasn’t case early Monday for an apparently drunken driver in Tacoma, police said.
Officers were investigating a fatal crash in the 800 block of East 72nd Street about 1:15 a.m. when the 29-year-old Tacoma man drove through their roadblock, spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
Two officers at the barricade were nearly hit, Cool said, and a third officer conducting the investigation had to evade the man’s vehicle. He then drove through the barricades at the other side and continued on.
After a short pursuit, the man pulled into a driveway and was arrested, Cool said. He appeared drunk and had a suspended license.
He was taken to an area hospital for a blood draw, then booked into the Pierce County Jail about 3:30 a.m. on suspicion of three counts of first-degree assault, felony elusion, driving under the influence with a prior conviction and third-degree driving while suspended.
In December 2014, the man pleaded guilty in Superior Court to felony elusion and served two months in jail.