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September 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM
The Associated Press
Authorities say two people in a stolen pickup truck in Lynnwood led State Patrol troopers on a chase down Interstate 405, dodging spike strips before finally being stopped in Renton.
The chase began around 7:20 a.m. Monday after troopers clocked a pickup going 78 mph on Interstate 5. The driver refused to stop and troopers ran the license plate, discovering that the pickup had been reported stolen.
Trooper Mark Francis said several troopers eventually joined in the chase as it went south on I-405, using spike strips at three location in an attempt to stop the truck. The chase ended when troopers used a driving maneuver to stop the truck as it drove into Renton. Police arrested the driver and a passenger.
September 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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.
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