A man suspected of trying to run down a Washington State Patrol trooper after a wild, two-county chase has been ordered jailed without charges until Monday so authorities can build their case against him.
Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi on Thursday set bail at $1 million for Alexander F. Parkhotyuk, 20. He is to be arraigned Monday or set free.
Oishi, after reviewing a statement from prosecutors, said there was probable cause for “any number of felonies.”
Authorities believe it was Parkhotyuk, driving a stolen BMW, who led police on a chase Wednesday from South King County to Fife. Once there, he’s suspected of dumping the BMW and stealing another car near the Costco business center on 20th Street.
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He then tried to run down a motorcycle trooper who attempted to stop him, authorities said. The trooper fired a number of shots into the car’s windshield but didn’t hit Parkhotyuk, who soon after crashed the second car into a tree.
Troopers said Parkhotyuk was combative and had to be shocked with a stun gun before they could arrest him.