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The Today File

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July 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Motorcyclist crashes on I-5 in Everett, carjacks vehicle

State troopers are looking for a motorcyclist who allegedly carjacked a Miata after crashing on Interstate 5 in Everett.

The State Patrol said William J. Westmoreland, 38, of Stanwood, was speeding south on I-5 around 3 p.m. Monday when he rear-ended a car south of 112th Street Southeast and was ejected off a Honda motorcycle.

Troopers said a few drivers stopped and came to Westmoreland’s aid, including one woman whom he wrestled with in an attempt to steal her car, with two children in the back seat. The woman fought him off, and he sprinted west from I-5, according to Trooper Mark Francis.

Westmoreland allegedly assaulted another passer-by who witnessed the event.

Francis said Westmoreland continued running west into a residential neighborhood, where he assaulted a third victim and stole a silver Mazda Miata.

Troopers recovered the motorcycle and ruled it had been stolen. They also recovered Westmoreland’s identification at the scene.

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