Crime

Motorcyclist accused of crashing, running into sign while fleeing authorities near Gig Harbor

A motorcyclist crashed in a parking lot and also ran into a sign as he allegedly fled authorities Thursday near Gig Harbor.

That didn’t stop the 38-year-old from trying to take off a third time on foot, according to court records. A sheriff’s deputy’s stun gun did.

Charging papers state:

The pursuit started when the Pierce County deputy noticed the man’s motorcycle didn’t have a license plate in the parking lot of the McCormick Forest trail.

The deputy followed the bike, watching it almost get hit by another vehicle as it sped through a stop sign. Then, after lights and siren didn’t get the biker to stop, the deputy pulled up next to it to say via the PA system to pull over.

In response, the motorcyclist motioned for the deputy to go away.

When the deputy didn’t comply, the biker turned into a parking lot and lost control, then got back up and accelerated into a sign, and was thrown from the motorcycle.

He took off on foot, and the deputy used a stun gun on him.

The man told the deputy that he fled because he had warrants for his arrest and a suspended license.

Now he’s charged with driving with the suspended license, as well as trying to elude police.

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