Tacoma dad suspected of pushing 3-year-old son out of car still hospitalized

A man suspected of pushing his 3-year-old son out of a car while fleeing from Tacoma police Sunday night was still hospitalized Monday with injuries suffered later in the incident.

The 26-year-old man will be booked into the Pierce County Jail once he’s released from the hospital, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said Monday.

The incident started about 8 p.m. when the boy’s mother called police to report that the man had taken the boy without permission and did not have a car seat in his car.

Officers spotted the man’s car and tried to pull him over, but he drove away. Police decided not to chase the car and instead drove to the home of the boy and his mother. As they arrived, the man drove up, police reported.

The man pushed the boy out of the car and took off, police said. The boy suffered minor injuries.

Officers chased the man, who ran a red light at South 15th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way and hit a car going through the intersection. His car then hit a second car, police said.

The man and others involved in the crash were taken to the hospital. The extent of the man’s injuries was not known. The others suffered minor injuries.

Stacey Mulick, staff writer