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Chase suspect pleads not guilty

Eric Lamar Jackson pleaded not guilty May 21 to charges stemming from a police chase that started in Des Moines and ended with police shooting into his car in Federal Way.

Jackson is charged in King County Superior Court with one count of attempting to elude police and one count of second-degree assault for allegedly dragging a Des Moines Police officer about a car’s length when he drove away as the officer tried to arrest him.

A trial has been set for June 4.

Jackson is being held in the King County Jail on $250,000 bail.

The two Federal Way officers who were placed on administrative leave following the shooting returned to work last week.

Jackson’s criminal history includes convictions for second-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault, violation of a no-contact order, two auto thefts, attempting to elude and a drug conviction.

Authorities said he has been arrested for several drug violations, rape, attempting to elude, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault, failing to appear in court several times and first-degree possession of stolen property.

Jackson led police on a high-speed chase after being stopped in Des Moines about 12:15 a.m. May 3.

Four Federal Way and Kent police officers stopped Jackson’s car as he was turning from Southwest 349th Place onto 21st Avenue Southwest in Federal Way. They fired shots into Jackson’s car when he accelerated toward a Federal Way officer who was walking toward the car.

Jackson and a female passenger from Bothell were taken to Harborview Medical Center with what police called non-life threatening injuries.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and ejahn@fedwaymirror.com

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