Burglary suspect causes 3-vehicle crash in Parkland, injures deputy in struggle

A suspected burglar caused a three-car crash Wednesday in Parkland and struggled with two deputies before being arrested.

An undercover Pierce County sheriff’s detective was watching the 21-year-old convicted felon as he allegedly cased houses near 104th Street South and Broadway Avenue South.

The man apparently realized he was being watched and about 9:30 a.m. drove away with the undercover detective following in an unmarked car.

A sheriff’s deputy in a patrol car took over the chase, which never went over 50 miles per hour, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The suspected burglar’s car hit another vehicle near C Street and 125th streets South. That vehicle then hit a parked car.

“When he got out of the car, deputies saw him drop a gun behind the seat,” Troyer said.

The man tried to grab the weapon as deputies came toward him and a scuffle broke out, Troyer said. The man and one of the deputies suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the unrelated vehicle.

The gun was recovered.

Troyer said the man would be booked into the Pierce County Jail after he is checked at a hospital to see whether he was on any drugs.