Police arrest Puyallup hit-and-run suspect

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PUYALLUP, Wash. —

Puyallup police have arrested Joshua Steiger, who they suspect fled the scene of crash at Second Street Northeast and Fourth Avenue Northeast around 9 p.m. Saturday.

The hit-and-run crash sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police said the driver was trapped for 30 minutes before crews used the Jaws of Life to extract her from the vehicle. 

The roads were closed for several hours as officers investigated the scene.

According to police, authorities dispatched K-9 units and launched a boat on the Puyallup River to aid in the search for Steiger.

Puyallup police said Steiger hid near a river for some time. 

Police found and arrested Steiger at his home just after 6 a.m. Sunday. It took an hour to take him into custody because he was not cooperative.

Steiger was booked into the Pierce County Jail, and he is being charged with two counts of vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a crash. 

Authorities believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.