Wild police chase of stolen vehicle ends with PIT maneuver

Thurston County deputies arrested a woman last week after she led them on a wild chase around Lacey in a stolen car.

Just before 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 21st, a narcotics detective called dispatch to advise that he spotted a stolen vehicle in the area of Martin Way and Galaxy Dr in Lacey. A patrol deputy in a marked vehicle turned around and came into the area and saw the vehicle go into a ditch and go airborne – and the chase was on.

The female driver took off at a high rate of speed westbound on Martin Way to Kingham St, where she turned north and into the neighborhood behind Winco. She eventually entered the Winco Foods parking lot.

She came back out onto Martin Way and entered the Tanglewilde neighborhood, where she continued to drive at high speeds and attempt to evade the pursuing Deputies. At one point, she was approximately two feet away from striking several pedestrians with the vehicle.

She ended up on Carpenter Rd just north of Pacific Ave where Deputies utilized the Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT Manuever) and spun her car around. She continued to attempt to flee so the Deputies pinned her car in. All three occupants were removed from the vehicle at gunpoint without incident.

The female told Deputies there was a gun in the car and she had pointed it at herself during the pursuit. A search warrant was served on the car and a gun stolen from Shelton was located. The vehicle had been stolen in Tacoma.

The 23 year old female driver was booked into the Thurston County Jail on charges of Eluding Pursuing Police Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Firearm, and driving on a suspended license.

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