Crime

Woman shot by Pierce County deputies after firing at them during pursuit is charged

Two guns and drugs were found in the vehicle of a couple charged with shooting at law enforcement officers during a high-speed chase last week, court records show.

Pierce County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Alyssa Chastain, 27, and Glenard Poole, 26, with first-degree assault with a law enforcement aggravator and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

Chastain, a convicted felon, also is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both pleaded not guilty in Superior Court.

Chastain was ordered jailed in lieu of $1 million, and Poole is being held on $25,000 bail.

Charging papers and Tacoma police give this account:

A trooper tried to pull over the couple’s car about 2:30 a.m. Friday, but Chastain sped away.

Investigators said she drove into oncoming traffic, was speeding and driving recklessly during the pursuit, which ended in the Frederickson area.

During the chase, Poole held the wheel while Chastain “was firing two handguns at law enforcement as they chased them,” according to court documents.

Poole allegedly admitted to firing at least one handgun at officers.

The chase ended at 176th Street East and 63rd Avenue East when deputies used a maneuver to stop the car.

Chastain tried to flee on foot and was shot in the left shin, records say.

Four deputies fired their weapons and were placed on paid administrative leave, standard procedure after a police shooting.

The names of the deputies have not been released.

The investigation, conducted by Tacoma police, is ongoing.

Two handguns, heroin and methamphetamine were allegedly found in the vehicle.

A warrant was out for Chastain at the time of the shooting for an unresolved case where she is charged with three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

She was caught stealing a pipe from a Puyallup store in October 2018 and had meth and drug paraphernalia in her purse, court records say.

Chastain has prior convictions for second-degree escape, second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and theft of a motor vehicle.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
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