DUI Chase Injures Thurston County Deputies

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In Lacey, Washington, a Thurston County deputy’s patrol vehicle was hit by a subject suspected of drunk driving early Friday morning. This resulted in two deputies being rushed to the hospital.

The incident took place when a deputy tried to pull over a black F350 on Martin Way E. around 1:30 a.m, suspecting the driver was under the influence. Reportedly, the suspect evaded the stop by crossing the median onto I-5 South and sped through Lacey down to Ruddell Road.

During a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver to stop the truck, the suspect collided into a second patrol car, leading to injuries for the deputy and trainee present. According to the Sheriff’s Office, one has been given clearance, while the other continues to recover from severe injuries.

Despite this, the chase persisted through Lacey, with more deputies executing PIT maneuvers. Eventually, the driver ended up on the Capitol City Golf Course. For a short moment, the pursuit was called off until deputies saw the truck speeding off south on Rainier Road.

Finally, after a deputy managed to ram the truck into a field, the suspect shattered a fence to re-enter Old Highway 99. This led to the truck losing a tire. The pursuit concluded halfway through Tenino city, where the suspect’s transmission gave out. The suspect was eventually apprehended with help from a K9 police dog named Bowie.

The Sheriff’s Office has reported that the individual has been detained and faces charges of DUI, two instances of first-degree assault against law enforcement with a deadly weapon, multiple counts of first-degree malicious mischief, and evasion.

In a statement, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office expressed gratitude towards fellow law enforcement agencies and 911 dispatchers for their assistance during the pursuit, which lasted for more than half an hour.

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