Crime

Patrol car rammed during pursuit in South Hill

A wanted felon rammed a Pierce County sheriff’s patrol car Wednesday while leading deputies on a pursuit in South Hill.

The 35-year-old man had a warrant for escape from community custody and was classified as a “high violent offender,” according to the state Department of Corrections.

Deputies spotted the man several days ago and tried to pull his car over but he sped down Pacific Avenue at 120 miles per hour, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Safety concerns stopped deputies from chasing him but they noted his car had bullet holes in the driver’s door. Deputies spotted the car about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday on 78th Avenue but the man again fled.

A pursuit that reached 80 mph weaved down several streets before the man rammed a patrol car and lost control, crashing near 152nd Street East, deputies said. The man was arrested after being found stuck in nearby bushes, Troyer said.

His prior convictions include unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree assault, five counts of attempting to elude, unlawful imprisonment and unlawful possession of a control substance.

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