Man on stolen dirt bike leads cops on wild ride in Bonney Lake

Photo courtesy Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. - A man on a stolen dirt bike led cops on a wild ride over boulders and through a barbwire fence Wednesday.

Deputies spotted the 33-year-old man around 11:15 a.m. while responding to large brush fire in the 1800 block of Falling Water Boulevard East.

While firefighters battled large flames, a witness reported seeing a motorcyclist in a nearby development. A patrol sergeant walked toward the area to look for the dirt bike out of concern that the brush fire could have been associated with a wreck.

While walking, the deputy says he saw a man on an orange 2001 KTM EXC-250 exit the woods near the area of the fire. When the rider saw the deputy, he immediately made a sharp turn away from him and accelerated through a field and into a nearby housing development.

The deputy pursued in his patrol car and spotted the rider near 122nd Street and 181st Avenue.

The rider ignored the sergeant's lights and sirens and sped into oncoming traffic. When deputies attempted to block the man's path, he swerved around the patrol cars and drove off road.

Deputies say the rider eventually jumped off a sidewalk, careened down an embankment and hit several large bounders and a barbwire fence, knocking him to the ground.

As a sergeant approached on foot, the man tried to get back on the dirt bike and ignored repeated orders to get on the ground.

When the man reached into one of his pockets, deputies pulled out their guns and ordered him to put his hands in the air.

The man showed his hands but did not get on the ground.

A deputy then kicked one of his legs, tackled him to the ground and forced his hands behind his back and into handcuffs.

While searching the man, deputies found a set of metal knuckles, a number of hypodermic needles, marijuana, methamphetamine and at least 27 anti-depressants.

The rider was also in possession of five women's rings. Deputies say the rings may be stolen.

The man was evaluated by medics and then booked into the Pierce County Jail.

Authorities say the dirt bike's Vehicle Identification Number, Off-Road Vehicle tag and registration tag had all been scraped off. Deputies contacted the bike's manufacturer and determined that it had been stolen from a home in the Prairie Ridge area in late 2016. The owner has been notified.

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