Lakewood

High-speed chase ends with murder suspect behind bars

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Police nabbed an accused murderer Sunday morning after the man led officers on a high-speed chase through Lakewood.

A Lakewood patrol officer working Pacific High Southwest first spotted what he believed to be a stolen car just before 1:30 a.m on Sunday, according to police.

The officer hit his lights and tried to stop the car, but the driver sped off. Police say the driver, later identified as 29-year-old Jiffary Mendez, hit speeds of more than 100 miles per hour during the chase.

Worrying about the safety of everyone involved, Lakewood police decided to terminate the chase. Moments later, the car began smoking and eventually came to a stop in the middle of South Tacoma Way.

Police say Mendez then hopped out of the car and took off on foot. Police soon caught up with him, but he wasn't ready to surrender. After a brief fight, officers arrested Mendez on an outstanding murder warrant in connection with a November 2012 killing.

Mendez was questioned and then booked into Pierce County jail on the murder warrant, as well as suspicion of felony eluding, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.