A suspected drunk driver must have figured he got away with it Saturday night after shaking the state troopers who pursued him up Interstate 5 in Snohomish County. But the troopers got their man in the end.
The chase started about 8 p.m. when the State Patrol recieved a report of a possible drunk driver behind the wheel of a Chevy pickup headed north on I-5, south of Everett. When a trooper pulled up behind the truck, it sped away. The truck bailed off the freeway, heading east on the trestle that leads onto Highway 2. The driver dodged onto county roads, and the trooper abandoned pursuit, said State Patrol spokesman Brandon Lee.
But a little while later, the truck was spotted westbound on Highway 2, heading back toward I-5. Troops laid down spike strips on the trestle, which flattened one of the pickup’s tires. But the driver kept going, Lee said, merging northbound onto the freeway.
As the truck approached 88th Street, troopers executed a manuever called a PIT, or pursuit immobilization technique. Troopers nudged the speeding pickup with their bumper, pushing it into a spin, Lee explained. The truck rolled down an embankment.
The driver was checked by medical personnel, and any injuries were minor, Lee said. The man, in his mid-40s, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. and is under investigation for driving under the influence and eluding an officer, Lee said.
The pickup was registered to an addess in Lake Stevens.