Bernard Chom got lucky when he allegedly narrowly missed hitting a Pierce County sheriff patrol car last week.
The 30-year-old was less fortunate when he decided to flee the scene and run through multiple intersections. Deputies eventually stopped him and found out the car was stolen, his license was suspended, and he had warrants for his arrest, according to charging papers.
Chom pleaded not guilty Monday to attempting to elude police, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license in the third degree. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $100,000.
An attorney for Chom was not immediately available.
Court records give this account:
Chom almost hit the patrol car with two deputies inside shortly after midnight June 26, near East 64th and East M Streets. Then he fled north, and the deputies turned on their siren and lights and pursued him.
Chom went 60 mph where the speed limit was half that, blew through various stop signs and stop lights, cut off some other vehicles, and zoomed over railroad tracks at a speed of 70 mph, which briefly sent him airborne.
He stopped the car and took off on foot near 43rd and J Street., at which point officers quickly arrested him and learned he had warrants for, among other things, escape from community custody.
The car, they learned, had been reported stolen previously to Puyallup Tribal Police.