Sheriff’s department: Fleeing truck hits patrol SUV head-on in South Hill area

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Someone driving a stolen truck crashed head-on into a Pierce County sheriff’s patrol vehicle Wednesday in the South Hill area, according to the department.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer gave this account:

Deputies received a report of a white 1999 Ford F-250 pickup stolen from Tacoma. It was a work vehicle, and had a tracking device that showed it was near 176th Street East and Gem Heights Drive East.

About 6:15 a.m. deputies arrived to find the truck traveling on 176th Street and tried to pull it over. The driver instead took off, reached 90 miles her hour, and headed south on Meridian Avenue.

The driver ran red lights, headed to Lipoma Firs East and turned onto 189th Street East, which led to a dead end.

The truck turned around, sped toward the pursuing patrol SUV and without swerving hit it head on. One deputy in the SUV suffered minor leg pain because the air bag deployed. The other deputy was not hurt.

The truck driver continued north on Meridian, got on state Route 512, and hit several other vehicles in the area.

Another deputy pursuing the truck tried a couple maneuvers to stop the driver but they didn’t work. The driver also avoided spike strips laid down to blow out the truck’s tires.

The deputy lost sight of the truck after a crash it caused at state Routes 167 and 410 blocked the roadway.

The truck drover got away, and the pickup later was found abandoned in King County.

The deputies’ patrol car was too damaged to drive, and was towed to the South Hill precinct.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips are anonymous and can lead to a reward.