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Published on May 19, 2024
Pierce County 'Breaking Bad' Imitation Ends in Arrests and Seized NarcoticsSource: Pierce County Sheriff Website

In a scene reminiscent, but hardly as dramatic, as the hit TV show "Breaking Bad," Pierce County deputies swiftly curtailed a real-life narcotics escapade earlier this month. A suspicious, and uninvited, RV parked in a Midland driveway sparked a call to authorities on May 7, ultimately leading to a low-speed chase and the arrest of a 40-year-old man on multiple charges.

Upon arrival at the scene, deputies found several individuals unconscious inside the RV, surrounded by drug paraphernalia. The situation escalated when the driver, reportedly under the influence, floored it in the recreational vehicle, initiating the pursuit. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Gov website, the deputies were able to deploy stop sticks, deflating the tires and managing to keep the chase at low speeds.

Realizing escape was futile, the driver ditched the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot – a move that was quickly countered by the pursuing deputies. The abandoned RV, which was found to have been recently stolen from Algona, then rolled back towards the street, striking the deputy's patrol car that, in a fortunate twist of fate, prevented any further damage to civilian property.

The failed getaway led to an intense search which unveiled a bag of white powder on the floorboard. Subsequent to obtaining a search warrant, officers discovered Fentanyl, and, over 100 grams of methamphetamine within the mobile drug den, according to the sheriff's blog. The fifty-something suspect was arrested and slapped with a litany of charges including Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance w/intent to Distribute, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempting to Elude, DUI, Reckless Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest.

Alongside the driver, his two female passengers were taken into custody as well. One was held on an Escape 3rd Warrant out of Enumclaw, while the other faced a DUI Warrant from King County. For Pierce County deputies, it was all in a day's work. They may not be acclaimed on screen, but in this instance, their actions yielded a result in which no one was hurt and narcotics were kept off the streets.