Man who allegedly drove stolen car into occupied tent in Tacoma charged

In the crash on July 8, two people in the tent were seriously injured.

TACOMA, Wash. – The 21-year-old man who allegedly drove a stolen vehicle into a squatted tent along a Tacoma sidewalk on July 8 has been charged with two counts of assault with a vehicle and one count of wrongful possession of a stolen vehicle.

Joshua Michael Holford appeared in court Monday to correct a mistake in his last name and plead not guilty, according to Pierce County Attorneys. Bail was set at $10,000 with release conditions.

On July 8, officers advanced to the area at 1800 South Hosmer Street and found a 1999 Subaru Legacy that ran over the curb and destroyed a tent containing two people before crashing into a telephone pole, according to documents with a probable cause .

A witness said the Subaru was moving fast before suddenly making a right turn.

A woman in the tent was partially under the Subaru with injuries to her face and tire marks on her stomach. She was taken to the hospital with a liver laceration, broken ribs and a possible spinal cord injury.

A man in the tent was taken to hospital with a broken leg.

According to probable cause documents, Holford told officers his vehicle suffered a mechanical failure and went off the road. He was “shirtless and sweaty” at the time and appeared “restless and wringing his handcuffed hands behind his back.”

Holford admitted to using methamphetamine the night before. He then admitted to “smoking a ‘puff’ of a pill about 40 minutes prior” to speaking to police, according to probable cause documents.

The vehicle was confirmed stolen a few hours before the accident.

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