Sheriff: Man hits deputy with truck, leads cops on 95-mph chase

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A fleeing suspect hit a deputy with his flatbed truck then went on to lead officers on a chase at speeds of up to 95 mph before swerving into another deputy's patrol car, officials said.

The drama unfolded at about 1 a.m. Wednesday when a deputy pulled over the flatbed truck in the 160 block of Nisqually Cut Off Road SE in connection with a possible wanted subject, said Lt. Cliff Ziesemer of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office

The vehicle stopped and the driver was identified as a suspect with a felony warrant. The deputy told the driver to step out of the truck, but the suspect instead started the truck and accelerated rapidly.

The flatbed portion of the truck struck the deputy, knocking him to the ground.

As the truck took off, the deputy jumped into his patrol car and gave chase on Martin Way at speeds of 95 mph. The truck then turned onto Interstate 5 southbound at speeds up to 80 mph.

As another deputy was attempting to stop the truck with a pivoting maneuver, the suspect slammed on his brakes and then intentionally swerved into the patrol vehicle, Ziesemer said.

The truck then turned onto Highway 101 and then onto Evergreen Parkway, where he ran over spike strips that deputies had deployed.

The truck eventually pulled into a driveway and the suspect entered a mobile home. Deputies then ordered the suspect to come out, and he gave himself up peacefully.

The suspect, identified as Peter C. Peterson, 50, of Olympia, was booked into the Thurston County Jail for investigation of second-degree assault and eluding an officer.

The deputy who was struck received minor bruising and abrasions. The patrol car that was struck sustained about $5,000 in damage and the deputy driving that vehicle was not injured, Ziesemer said.