Crime

He said Dad let him take the car. Dad, a police chase and a shaved key indicated otherwise

After the high-speed police chase, there were some problems with the 24-year-old’s account of why he was driving his father’s car, according to charging papers.

He told Lakewood police Thursday that his father had given him permission to take the car. In fact, he claimed, Dad had bought the 1990s Honda Accord for him to use.

Sure, the son had started the car using a shaved ignition key, a tool car thieves commonly use. But that was because his father had been sleeping, and he didn’t want to bother him, the son told police.

Dad told police otherwise — that the 24-year-old did not have permission to take the Honda, and that he had called his son earlier that night and demanded he return it.

Court records give this account:

A Lakewood officer ran a routine check on the car’s license plate and thought the vehicle might be stolen. He tried to pull the car over about 3 a.m. near Pacific Highway Southwest and Bridgeport Way Southwest.

The driver fled, leading the officer on a 13-minute chase that reached more than 100 miles per hour on city streets and Interstate 5. The speeding car got dangerously close to other vehicles during the chase, and at one point darted across lanes of the freeway.

Eventually the car hit a curb near South M Street and South Tacoma Way, left the road and stopped in a patch of grass by the freeway.

Police detained the driver and two passengers. The passengers said they’d begged the driver to stop during the chase.

The driver, identified as the 24-year-old son of the car’s owner, said he’d run from police because he had a suspended license, some misdemeanors and just wanted to go home.

Prosecutors charged him Friday with trying to elude police, second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and driving with a suspended license.

He pleaded not guilty at arraignment and was held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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