Pending birth might have been motive in high-speed chase

A felon trying to avoid jail long enough to see his baby born led Pierce County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase near Orting on Tuesday, authorities said.

Sheriff’s pokesman Ed Troyer gave this account:

The pursuit started about 10 p.m. when a deputy spotted a motorcyclist speeding in the 26400 block of Orville Road East and tried to pull him over.

Instead, the rider sped away, reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. He ran a stop sign and led the deputy along Kapowsin Creek and the Puyallup River before losing him about 11 p.m.

Several deputies and Orting police searched the area for the motorcyclist. He was found near South Prairie Carbon River Road after riding out of brush and hitting the front of a patrol car.

The rider was thrown from the bike and lost his helmet. He suffered a broken hand and serious leg injuries. He was taken to a hospital and remained there Wednesday.

Authorities said the rider has two warrants.

One is a state Department of Corrections for escaping from community custody. The other is out of Oregon for second-degree robbery, attempting to elude, identity theft and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Methamphetamine was allegedly found in the driver’s backpack.

The man told deputies his girlfriend is having their baby next month and he wanted to avoid being locked up so he could be present for the birth, Troyer said.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653