A stolen car, an elusive vehicle, a high speed chase and two injured officers – all in one night.
At approximately 11:20 p.m. July 27, Bonney Lake police officer Buddy Mahlum spotted a suspicious maroon Toyota sedan near the back of the Woodstone Medical Facility near South Prairie Road, according to Pierce County charging papers.
When Mahlum attempted to contact the driver inside, later identified as Roman Marcus McFeteridge, the vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed without even turning on headlights.
Other Bonney Lake officers who soon joined the chase clocked the car going around 90 miles per hour at one point down the 35 mph road.
With officers close behind him, McFeteridge soon lost control of his vehicle near the “S” curves of South Prairie and spun around to a stop facing officers, who also stopped their cars.
McFeteridge then accelerated into Mahlum’s patrol car, causing extensive damage to the front end.
Mahlum stated in his police report that McFeteridge’s car bounced off of his, allowing McFeteridge to ram the patrol vehicle at least two more times.
At this time, another patrol car came up behind McFeteridge’s sedan and pinned the still accelerating car between the two patrol vehicles, wheels spinning and smoking.
Finally, McFeteridge lifted his foot off the accelerator and put his hands in the air as officers ordered him out of his car.
McFeteridge exited but continued to resist officers, which was when Mahlum and Bonney Lake officer Todd Green received injuries to both of their right hands. It was later discovered both hands were broken.
The car McFeteridge was driving was reported stolen on July 24, and McFeteridge himself had several outstanding warrants.
McFeteridge is being charged with intentionally assaulting a police officer with means to produce great bodily harm, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer and driving while in suspended or revoked status in the first degree.
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