Update at 11:06 a.m.: The man arrested early Wednesday morning after he allegedly drove the wrong way on Interstate 5 had been involved in a wrong-way pursuit on the freeway less than 24 hours earlier, the sheriff’s office said.
The suspect, a 29-year-old Kent man, was spotted around noon Tuesday driving a stolen vehicle at Butternut Road and Larch Way in Lynnwood, according to the sheriff’s office. During a pursuit, the man drove onto the northbound lanes of I-5. He then veered into the southbound lanes, still traveling northbound, the sheriff’s office said.
The pursuit was terminated for public safety, according to the sheriff’s office.
Around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, another deputy noticed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle involved in the earlier chase at a gas station on 128th Street Southeast in Everett. The deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver fled and drove south on I-5 in the northbound lanes.
The suspect vehicle eventually crossed over the median to the southbound lanes and continued traveling south, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy used a PIT maneuver to cause the vehicle to roll over.
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A stolen SUV overturned on Interstate 5 at Lynnwood early Wednesday during a police chase and spilled mail that apparently had been stolen.
KIRO reports a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy spotted the SUV going the wrong way and making a U-turn on the freeway. The deputy chased the car and caused it to spin out. It landed upside down, spilling mail with dozens of different names.
A man and woman inside were uninjured and arrested.
The freeway lanes were reopened before the Wednesday morning rush hour.