Driver dies in Tacoma while being taken into police custody

The Pierce County Force Investigation Team is investigating after a driver died as authorities took them into custody in Tacoma on Tuesday night.

According to Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler, at 7:39 p.m., a Washington State Patrol trooper tried to stop a red Ford truck in the 3700 block of Pacific Avenue.

The driver of the truck almost hit a pedestrian and then ran a red light at 45th Street.

Based on that, the trooper thought the driver was severely impaired and continued trying to stop them as they drove south on Pacific Avenue.

The trooper said the truck was going 40 mph on sidewalks and was

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