Crime

Tip leads to capture of man who covered stolen car’s license plate with duct tape

Surveillance image from the Red Wind Casino shows a suspect who was involved in Sunday night’s police chase, officials say.
Surveillance image from the Red Wind Casino shows a suspect who was involved in Sunday night’s police chase, officials say. Red Wind Casino

The suspect in a police chase on Sunday night on the Nisqually reservation has been captured, according to tribal spokeswoman Debbie Preston.

Information phoned into a tip line led to the driver’s capture, she said.

No other information was immediately released.

At about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, tribal officer Anthony Brunscheen reported that he located a “suspicious vehicle” outside of the Red Wind Casino.

“The vehicle had red duct tape over the rear license plate,” Brunscheen wrote in a statement provided to The Olympian.

As Brunscheen waited for another officer to arrive to run the vehicle’s identification number, a man approached the Honda, removed the tape and drove away. The driver left the parking lot and went through the intersection “at a high rate of speed.”

Police followed and found the Honda at the end of 89th Avenue Southeast, near the roundabout at Yelm Highway Southeast and Mud Run Road Southeast. Police released a photo of the suspect that was obtained from the casino’s surveillance system.

The vehicle, which turned out to be stolen, was returned to its owner, Brunscheen said.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433, @Lisa_Pemberton

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