Wash. man dives from moving car to avoid arguing with girlfriend

FIFE, Wash. -- A local man decided he would rather dive from a moving car than keep arguing with his girlfriend Saturday in Fife, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court after the girlfriend reportedly tried to run from police.

According to the charging documents, a Fife Police Department officer was driving in the 3000 block of Pacific Highway around 3:30 p.m. Saturday when he saw a man jump out of the passenger seat of a moving car and fall into the street.

The car drove into a parking lot, where the driver -- later identified as 33-year-old Alice Finley -- quickly stopped and accelerated to close the open passenger door. The officer could hear Finley yelling at the man, who was walking away.

According to the charging documents, the officer turned on his lights, but Finley quickly accelerated through the parking lot and wouldn't stop even when the officer turned on his siren.

Finley entered the street without checking for traffic and ran a red light, according to the charging documents.

The man who had jumped out of her car entered the street in an attempt to stop her but reportedly had to jump out of the way when Finley only slowed down.

According to the charging documents, the man dove back through the passenger window as Finley passed and tried to wrestle control of the car from her while his feet dangled out the window.

Finley drove into a parking lot, where she finally stopped. The man got in front of her car to block it, but she kept lurching into him in an attempt to scare him or push him out of the way, according to the charging documents.

The officer got out of his car and ordered Finley to turn off her engine, but she reportedly refused. He eventually had to physically drag her from the car to arrest her.

According to the charging documents, Finley told the officer she didn't stop because she and her boyfriend were arguing and she didn't want to deal with it.

The man said Finley was his girlfriend of nine months and he loved her. He told the officer he jumped from the car because he didn't want to argue with her anymore.

The man also said he tried to stop Finley because he knew she wouldn't stop for the officer and he didn't want her to get in any more trouble.

Finley was charged with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.