Man in stolen car charged after “vicious fight” with sheriff’s deputy

A “vicious fight” with a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy led to several criminal charges against a man stopped in a stolen vehicle, according to court documents.

Jacob Bolstad, 21, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of second-degree assault, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and second-degree driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Superior Court District Judge Edmund Murphy ordered Bolstad jailed and set bail at $1 million.

Bolstad was arrested early Tuesday after deputies spotted him in a stolen 1990 Acura Legend at 158th Street East and B Street East near Tacoma.

Deputies pulled the car over and got out of their patrol car with their guns drawn. Before they could talk with the driver —later identified as Bolstad — sped away and turned down a cul-de-sac.

When the car made a U-turn, deputies blocked the driver’s side door with their vehicle. Bolstad then climbed over his passenger and ran away, charging papers state.

One of the deputies stayed with the passenger while the other chased Bolstad. The deputy unsuccessfully tried to use a stun gun on the fleeing man and ended up struggling with him.

Bolstad allegedly punched, elbowed, kicked and body slammed the deputy onto the pavement. When he grabbed for the deputy’s gun, the second deputy came to assist.

The three men struggled until one of the deputy’s pointed his gun at Bolstad and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t stop resisting, documents show.

Bolstad was taken into custody. He allegedly told deputies he ran because he had a felony state Department of Corrections warrant out for his arrest and he’d taken methamphetamine shortly before he was pulled over.