One man died and another was booked on suspicion of vehicular homicide after a crash early Wednesday in Lakewood, according to police.
A car struck a utility pole while traveling westbound on 108th Street Southwest at Douglas Drive Southwest about 12:20 a.m., spokesman Lt. Chris Westby said. The 21-year-old driver, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord resident, then fled the scene.
A 32-year-old passenger was trapped in the vehicle, Westby said. West Pierce Fire & Rescue medics extricated the man, an Army reservist on active duty at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but were unable to revive him.
Police used a K-9 unit to track the 21-year-old to a nearby apartment complex, Westby said, where the man verbally and physically assaulted the officers.
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“We suspect impairment,” Westby said. “We’re just not sure what yet.”
Excessive speed is also believed to be a factor in the crash, he said.
The 21-year-old was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma for treatment of his injuries, then booked into Pierce County Jail about 3:30 p.m. on suspicion of vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, resisting arrest and three counts of third-degree assault.
Lakewood police are shutting down 108th Street Southwest between Bridgeport Way and Main Street from 5-9 a.m. Thursday to continue their investigation into the crash.