Chase ends with sex offender crashing into patrol car

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A police chase through the streets of Puyallup ended with a high-risk sex offender crashing into a deputy's patrol car on Thursday night.

Even with a police manhunt closing in, Christopher Adams was determined not to be caught.

Officers finally tracked down the wanted felon to a home in Puyallup and after a short struggle, placed him under arrest.

Investigators had been looking for Adams for a parole violation and his failure to register as a sex offender. An undercover officer spotted him driving and tried to box him in, but says Adams turned desperate.

"He rammed the first car that tried to block him in - the police car that tried to block him in - according to his girlfriend in the car, and that was intentional," said King County Sheriff's Sgt. John Hall.

The damage to the undercover car was not immediately obvious, but the crash made it inoperable.

Officers says they chased Adams to 16th Street where he ditched the car and ran through a backyard, then barricaded himself in his mother's attic. But the hideout didn't last long

"Puyallup (police) put their dog in the attic, and located our suspect hiding in the attic. And we took him into custody," Hall said.

Adams has a long criminal history that includes a conviction for rape of a child, and a history of failing to register.

Now he could face new charges for smashing into a patrol car.