Man injured in 75-foot jump from overpass while running from police

Photo: Mariah Bowen Picard

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A man who was on the run from police is now recovering from serious injuries after taking an ill-fated attempt to give deputies the slip by jumping off a freeway overpass.

It was around 5 p.m. Sunday when Pierce County deputies spotted a driver driving recklessly along 176th Street East near Canyon Road, according to Det. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies attempted to pull the driver over, but he sped off west on 176th and a chase ensued. Moments later, the driver struck another car but kept going, winding his way through the east side until he ended up on SR-512 from Canyon Road, Troyer said.

The driver headed onto SR-167 north from SR-512 when he came upon traffic and smashed into two other cars while on an overpass. The impact left the suspect driver's car disabled, so he got out of his car and jumped off the overpass, landing some 75 feet below in a layer of brush along Valley Avenue East, Troyer said.

Deputies caught up to the man and found he was seriously injured. He was rushed to a Tacoma hospital for treatment of multiple injuries including a broken leg, collapsed lung and several broken ribs, Troyer said.

Once released from the hospital, the 37-year-old man will be booked into the Pierce County Jail or investigation of eluding police and hit-and run.

Troyer said there were only minor injuries to others involved in the incident.

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