Crime

He stole a car, robbed a gas station, then flipped off deputies, documents say

He committed three felonies over $44, according to Pierce County prosecutors.

A 24-year-old Bremerton man stole a vehicle from Tacoma on Sunday, took it to the Summit area to hold up a gas station there and then led Pierce County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through Parkland early Monday, according to charging documents.

The man was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Pierce County Superior Court on charges of first-degree robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and eluding police. His bail was set at $250,000.

According to charging documents:

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a gas station in the 10500 block of Canyon Road East about 7 p.m. Sunday after the clerk there reported being robbed at gunpoint.

The suspect walked into the convenience store there and showed his gun to the clerk.

“Give me the cash right now,” the man said. “I am not fooling.”

The clerk opened his till and gave the man the $44 inside it.

The man got into a Cadillac and drove away.

The responding deputy looked at the gas station’s surveillance footage and was able to identify the car in it.

Tacoma police met with the car’s owner about 9:30 p.m., who said he had left the car running when he went back into his house to grab something he had forgotten. When he re-emerged from the home, someone got into the car and took it.

About 2:30 a.m. Monday, two sheriff’s deputies saw the Cadillac driving southbound on Pacific Highway South. The car pulled off onto 141st Street Court East and stopped, but when the deputy got out of the car and gave orders to the people inside it, they flipped a U-turn and the driver flipped off the deputies as he drove off.

The deputies returned to their vehicle and pursued the car, which sped up above 100 mph during the chase on ice-slicked, foggy roads.

A deputy eventually had to spin the car out, causing it to hit a tree and a moving truck.

The three passengers in the car all got out of the car, and one of them said there may be a gun in the vehicle. Each said the driver had picked them up.

The driver, however, was unconscious and had to be cut from the vehicle.

A backpack in his lap had a black BB gun that matched the one used in the gas station robbery.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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