Crime

Man accused of robbing same bank 3 times, leading deputy on high-speed chase

A man authorities believe robbed the same Summit bank three times in recent months is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase Tuesday. He was taken into custody after he crashed during the pursuit.

The masked man walked into the Columbia Bank in the 10300 block of Canyon Road East about 1:30 p.m., robbed the bank and fled with the money, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

A witness took a photo of the vehicle as it drove off, which helped a sheriff’s deputy find and pursue the car, Troyer said.

The robber reached speeds in excess of 80 mph during the short pursuit before he crashed at state Route 512 and Portland Avenue East, according to the department.

He was taken to the hospital with injuries but is expected to survive, Troyer said

The man, in his late 20s or early 30s, is suspected of robbing the same bank while masked May 5 and June 14.

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