Pierce County prosecutors Monday filed four felony charges against a 20-year-old Auburn man accused of trying to run down a Washington State Patrol trooper after a wild, two-county chase.
Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of Alexander F. Parkhotyuk during his Superior Court arraignment to charges of second-degree assault, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a stolen car.
Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi ordered Parkhotyuk jailed on $1 million bond at his preliminary court appearance last week. Oishi maintained bail at that amount Monday at the urging of deputy prosecutor Patrick Cooper.
Cooper said Parkhotyuk’s alleged actions “presented an extreme danger” to both the trooper and the public. Public defender Teresa Miller asked for $50,000 bail, saying Parkhotyuk’s criminal history was light.
Authorities allege Parkhotyuk, driving a BMW stolen from a Fife dealership, led police on a chase Wednesday from South King County back to Fife. Once there, he’s suspected of dumping the BMW and stealing another car near the Costco business center on 20th Street.
He then tried to run down a motorcycle trooper who tried to stop him, authorities said. The trooper fired 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.