Pierce County prosecutors have charged a suspected burglar who seriously injured a 75-year-old woman after crashing into her while fleeing from police.
Denzyl Taylor, 21, pleaded not guilty to vehicular assault, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, failure to remain at the scene of an injury accident and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
He also pleaded not guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and second-degree driving on a suspended license.
He was ordered jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.
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Two sheriff’s deputies in an unmarked car spotted Taylor on Wednesday in Parkland, where he apparently was casing homes, according to charging papers.
They checked his car’s license plate and found it was linked to a string of burglaries in Tacoma. When they tried to pull him over at 108th Street South and Broadway Avenue South, Taylor initially stopped but then drove off.
Prosecutors allege Taylor drove 60 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone and ran traffic signals before colliding with an SUV near 125th and C street south.
The SUV spun in a circle and Taylor’s car went through a chain-link fence and hit a parked car. Taylor tried to run away but a deputy tackled him and briefly struggled with him over a gun that fell out of his waistband, records show.
The 75-year-old woman driving the SUV suffered a broken arm, broken ribs and lacerated liver.
Prosecutors said more charges might be filed once they have the results of a drug test Taylor took at the hospital after the incident.