GIG HARBOR, Wash. - When Cameron Crews was caught growing marijuana in a vacant home in Gig Harbor, he hit the gas in the car he was driving and nearly ran down a Pierce County sheriff's deputy who fired five shots at him as he sped away. That sparked a chase that wound around the Kitsap Peninsula into Tacoma before Crews bailed out and ran.
Now, months later, Crews, 26, has pleaded guilty to seven criminal counts including assault. But Crews will likely serve a little more than a year on prison.
On July 12, the day of the chase, police and deputies credited Chopper 7 with helping capture Crews as he drove wildly through Gig Harbor, crossing the Narrows Bridge into Tacoma and finally jumping from the vehicle and running. He hid under a tree where police found him.
"Thanks to the KIRO news helicopter we were able to get here, get him secured in the backyard and once we got here he gave up," Pierce County Sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer said at the time.
On Wednesday, Crews pleaded guilty to unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree, possession of a short barreled shotgun, residential burglary, assault in the second degree and attempting to elude a police vehicle.
Superior court Judge Garold Johnson lectured Crews for his recklessness.
"I know there's a bullet that damn near killed you," said Johnson, referring to the round fire by the sheriff's deputy that lodged in Crews sweatshirt. "And there's police out there trying to do what? Protect my life, yours for that matter (and you are) endangering everybody."
Johnson sentenced Crews to 26 months on the assault charge, on the six remaining counts he sentenced Crews to prison terms that will run concurrent to the assault. With more than five and a half months of credit for time served in jail already, Crews could spend just a little more year in prison.