He stole the car because he didn’t want to walk home.
That’s what the 22-year-old man told University Place police after leading them on a high-speed chase Sunday.
When asked why he refused to stop for officers, records show the man gave an equally nonchalant answer: “Because I knew I was in a stolen vehicle.”
Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged the man with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and possessing motor vehicle theft tools.
Charging papers give this account:
A woman reported her 2005 Volkswagen Touareg stolen early Sunday and within hours, a sheriff’s deputy spotted the SUV.
He tried to pull it over on Bridgeport Way West, but the driver fled, running red lights, driving into oncoming traffic and reaching speeds of 100 mph.
The man eventually turned in front of a car and it hit the Volkswagen, disabling both vehicles. The other driver, 67, was hurt in the crash.
Police took the 22-year-old man into custody. He told them he found the Volkswagen’s car key in the console and took the SUV to avoid walking home, records show.
Officers said they found a heroin pipe in the man’s pocket. A backpack found in the SUV contained tools used to steal vehicles, records show.
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