Anthony Piccolo allegedly led Puyallup police on two pursuits in two days in different stolen cars.
He got away the first time. He wasn’t as lucky the second.
Piccolo, 37, of Milton, was charged Wednesday with two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of attempting to elude police, DUI and third-degree theft. Not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf in Pierce County Superior Court, and he was ordered jailed in lieu of $200,000.
Piccolo’s alleged spree began Monday when an officer tried to pull him over after noticing Piccolo wasn’t wearing a seat belt, court records show. Instead of stopping, Piccolo pulled a sweatshirt over his head and sped away.
Police decided not to chase him since they were near a populated area. The stolen vehicle was later recovered in an apartment complex parking lot.
On Tuesday, officers were called to the South Hill Mall about 4 p.m. after someone reported seeing a man switching license plates on two Acuras.
When police tried to stop him, Piccolo fled in one of the cars. Police said he drove through a grass median and lost his bumper while steering onto state Route 512.
Officers halted the pursuit again because of safety concerns, but Piccolo’s getaway was short-lived.
Police said he wrecked after exiting SR 512 onto Meridian at about 80 mph, running a red light, colliding with a minivan and two other cars before coming to a stop. Nobody was seriously injured in the crash.
Piccolo then was arrested. He told police he was high on heroin and used a “plastic screwdriver” to start the stolen car, according to court records.
“The defendant says that he owes people money and is running drugs, money and guns,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers. “The defendant said he knew the police were trying to stop him and he was ‘stupid’ for running.”