Felon jailed after South Hill police chase

A felon accused of ramming a Pierce County sheriff’s patrol car during a chase in South Hill is in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Thomas Quackenbush, 33, pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree driving on a suspended or revoked license and two counts of hit-and-run.

Charging papers gave this account:

Deputies knew a warrant was out for Quackenbush and tried to pull him over Wednesday after spotting his vehicle in the 19200 block of 78th Avenue.

He fled and drove into oncoming traffic, dodged several vehicles and eventually stalled on the median before fleeing again. Quackenbush hit a patrol car as he drove away.

The pursuit, which lasted seven minutes, reached speeds of 76 mph.

He eventually lost control near 152nd Street East and hit a car. He then ran away and later was found hiding in nearby bushes.

Deputies said they found a bag of methamphetamine near his hiding spot.

Quackenbush’s prior convictions include unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree assault, five counts of attempting to elude, unlawful imprisonment and unlawful possession of a controled substance.

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