Pierce County Deputies Use Stop Sticks to Aid in Massive Drug Bust

May 23, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Customer Stories, Stop Stick Products

Pierce County Deputies Use Stop Sticks to Aid in Massive Drug Bust

On May 7th in Washington, a Pierce County deputy responded to what he thought would be a simple parking problem from an RV in Midland.  What he figured out was that there was a lot more than just a parking issue going on.

A Simple Inspection

When the Pierce County deputy arrived to the parking problem, he walked over to the RV to see what the problem was.  On the inside, he spotted numerous people passed out with narcotics all over the vehicle.  The deputy then knocked on the window to be let in.  When he did this, the RV sped away from the deputy.

The Chase

After the RV evaded the deputy, he was given permission to pursue the vehicle.  There was suspicion that the driver was on narcotics, and because he was on the road at this point, he would also be a danger to others as well as himself.  The deputy was given permission to pursue as well as backup.  One of the deputies who was assisting was able to get in front of the RV and deployed Stop Sticks.  The deployment was a success, as the RV’s tires deflated and stopped the vehicle.  In a last chance effort to escape, the driver got on foot and attempted to flee the scene.  When he got out of the RV, it rolled into the road and hit the deputy’s patrol car.  Luckily, nobody was injured and the suspect was caught.


After the chase was finally over, the driver and all the passengers were arrested.  The deputies ran the VIN number of the RV and they realized the vehicle was stolen from Algona.  The deputies also found a bag of white powder, so they searched the RV with a warrant.  They found fentanyl, and over 100 grams of meth.  The driver of the RV was booked for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to Distribute, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempting to Elude, DUI, Reckless Endangerment and Resisting Arrest.  Two female passengers in the RV were booked for Escape 3rd Warrant out of Enumclaw and a DUI Warrant out of King County.

This is a story that seems too crazy to be true, but the driver was a serious threat that could have caused harm to others and himself.  With the help of Stop Stick, the Pierce County deputies made their town a safer place.