Man dies in crash fleeing Parkland burglary


PARKLAND, Wash. — A 19-year-old burglary suspect died early Tuesday while fleeing Pierce County sheriff’s deputies in Parkland after his car struck a telephone pole and careened into a car dealership.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Austin Lewallen, and said he died of multiple traumatic injuries from the accident. Deputies believe the man burglarized Bikini Bottoms Espresso. A witness gave a description of the man’s car and deputies soon spotted him and gave chase.

The high-speed pursuit didn’t last long.

“He left the roadway, sheared a telephone pole, and the car landed in the Titus-Will Chevrolet dealership” near 112th Street South, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

At least seven vehicles at the dealership were damaged. The suspected burglar was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from his car, Troyer said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.