A traffic stop Wednesday for a cellphone violation turned into a chase that reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, Washington State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill said.
A trooper pulled over a car driven by a 43-year-old Tacoma man at 12:35 p.m. after the trooper saw the man talking on his cellphone while driving, Gill said.
The trooper stopped the car, which was heading east on state Route 512 at Steele Street.
Gill gave this account of the next three minutes:
The driver had no identification to give the trooper, and as the trooper asked questions about the name and date of birth he’d given, the man drove off.
With the trooper following him, the man took the Portland Avenue exit, headed back to state Route 512, and took the exit to Canyon Road, where he was T-boned by another vehicle.
The trooper and a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy approached the car, and as the man tried to drive off again, the deputy used a maneuver with his patrol car to stop him. That forced the car down a small embankment.
The officers took the driver into custody at 12:38 p.m., then took the man to Tacoma General Hospital, where he was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
Troopers learned the man has a nationwide extraditable warrant for escaping community custody, Gill said.