Police pursuit ends in Crystal Mountain

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

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SPANAWAY, Wash. - A Spanaway man texting friends from Crystal Mountain Resort that he was about to commit suicide led a state trooper on a low speed pursuit that ended in gunfire near the Sunrise entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park.

Trooper Chris Webb said the 30-year-old Spanaway man was parked in a van at the resort sending text messages that he was going to kill himself so a trooper was dispatched to check on him. When that trooper arrived Webb said the man drove away, refusing to stop. He drove at speeds ranging from 35 to 60 miles per hour then turned west on State Route 410.

Webb said the man turned onto a nearby road and jumped out of the van as a rifle fell from the vehicle onto the ground. The man continued to run and at one point turned toward the trooper who felt he was threatened and fired one shot. The bullet missed the suspect said Webb, who continued to run from the trooper. He surrendered seconds later when National Park Rangers arrived at the scene to back up the trooper.

The man was taken into custody and will likely face a felony charge of eluding police.