June 04, 2018 10:59 PM
The Hudson Police Department released video of a chase recorded on an officer's squad car dash camera that happened May 30 around 11 a.m.
An officer said he was outside City Hall on 3rd Street when he heard the loud exhaust of a vehicle before he saw it pass him downtown. The officer called the license plate of the gray Dodge pickup truck into dispatch, who confirmed it was stolen the day before from a business.
The officer followed his suspicions and the pickup as it drove through town, the driver appearing as if he were trying to lose the officer behind him.
"There are people we believe are responsible for auto thefts and several burglaries in the area and we felt it was necessary to apprehend them," Chief Geoff Willems said Monday. "We knew it was a stolen vehicle, but we didn't know who was operating it."
The dash cam footage recorded as the man rolled through many stop signs, made quick turns, drove through farm fields, then back onto paved roads, and at times police said the suspect drove twice the posted speed limit of 25 mph.
The gray truck sped around corners and into a residential neighborhood, where Jake Midby was mowing his family's lawn on Highlander Trail.
"It looked like he was coming right at me," he said.
The suspect turned onto a yard across from Midby's home and crashed into a tree. Officers quickly boxed in the vehicle and could be heard yelling at the driver to get out and give up. Still, the footage showed he hit the gas, rocking the truck back and forth trying to escape. To prevent that, officers could be heard firing a number of gunshots, targeting the tires of the truck.
"When I heard the yelling and the shots, I thought I better get inside where it's safe," Midby said.
Authorities handcuffed the suspect, Cassidy Muecke, and booked him into jail on suspicion of burglary and theft. Muecke has a criminal history involving burglary, theft and jumping bail. He is scheduled for a court hearing June 7 in Hudson.
Willems said one of his officers had stitches for a cut on his hand, otherwise, there were no serious injuries. The Chief also commended his officers for acting appropriately and accordingly to pursuit policy.
Still, an outside agency, Pierce County, will review the pursuit and use of force.
Updated: June 04, 2018 10:59 PM
Created: June 04, 2018 10:21 PM
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