Crime

Man with baby in truck sentenced for high-speed chase in Elk Plain area

A man accused of leading a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed chase while a baby was in his truck has pleaded guilty.

Jessie Parker, 30, wrote in his plea paperwork that he didn’t commit the crimes he was charged with, but was pleading guilty to attempting to elude police and to third-degree assault because he believed he’d likely be convicted at trial.

Retired Judge Rosanne Buckner, filling in on a temporary basis, sentenced Parker on Friday to four months in jail, and gave him credit for the 135 days he’d served after his arrest.

The chase happened after a deputy saw Parker driving 70 in a 55 mph zone April 20 in the 24000 block of Mountain Highway East. The deputy tried to pull Parker over, but instead he fled.

Ultimately, Parker was stopped, and the deputy ordered him out of the truck at gunpoint near a home south of Elk Plain. The deputy then realized a woman and her 18-month-old baby had been in Parker’s truck during the chase.

Prosecutors also accused Parker of kicking the deputy as he was arrested.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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