A felon accused of ramming a Pierce County sheriff’s patrol car during a chase in South Hill is in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Thomas Quackenbush, 33, pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree driving on a suspended or revoked license and two counts of hit-and-run.
Charging papers gave this account:
Deputies knew a warrant was out for Quackenbush and tried to pull him over Wednesday after spotting his vehicle in the 19200 block of 78th Avenue.
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He fled and drove into oncoming traffic, dodged several vehicles and eventually stalled on the median before fleeing again. Quackenbush hit a patrol car as he drove away.
The pursuit, which lasted seven minutes, reached speeds of 76 mph.
He eventually lost control near 152nd Street East and hit a car. He then ran away and later was found hiding in nearby bushes.
Deputies said they found a bag of methamphetamine near his hiding spot.
Quackenbush’s prior convictions include unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree assault, five counts of attempting to elude, unlawful imprisonment and unlawful possession of a controled substance.