Crime

Woman charged with running down Fife police officer arrested

A woman charged with running down a Fife police officer and shooting at police during a pursuit on Interstate 5 was arrested Thursday night in Lakewood.

Yolanda Lund, 31, is expected to be arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court on Monday. Prosecutors have charged her with two counts of assault, drive-by shooting and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle in connection with the Aug. 11 event.

While Lund was on the run, friends and family members posted on her Facebook page that she had died. Investigators were skeptical but said Lund was shot during an exchange of gunfire with police.

She was taken to a hospital after her arrest and released, Fife police Commander David Woods said.

A tip led police to a business in the 5600 block of South Tacoma Way on Thursday, where Lund was taken into custody without incident.

A man thought to be her accomplice has not been arrested or charged.

Fife police were called to the parking lot of a truck stop on Port of Tacoma Road on Aug. 11 by a woman who claimed she was nearly robbed by a couple in a Ford Explorer.

Officers spotted Lund and a man in a Ford Explorer and went to speak with them. An officer was standing inside the driver’s door when Lund suddenly put the SUV in reverse, hitting and dragging the officer, who was not badly hurt.

Police fired at the Explorer as it sped away. A nearby officer followed the SUV onto I-5 but stopped chasing it, he said, after Lund and her accomplice opened fire on him.

The Explorer was later found abandoned in Spanaway with bullet holes in the driver’s side front and rear doors. Three windows were shattered and dried blood coated the front seat, center console and dashboard.

Lund has prior convictions for burglary, possessing stolen property, identity theft, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.

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