Drivers making their way along Interstate 5 last night became stuck in a multiple hour traffic jam when both southbound and northbound lanes of the freeway were shut down for a massive man-hunt. The dramatic event started when state troopers spotted a black Volkswagen that appeared to be a stolen vehicle. They began pursuing the vehicle which resisted pulling over, and instead sped away from the officers. As the high-speed chase escalated, the driver of the Volkswagen even fired shots at the officer’s patrol car. One bullet hit a state trooper’s vehicle but did not injure the driver according to this news report.
They raced along I-5 in the northbound lane near 41st street in Everett. At some point, the reckless driver caused a van to rollover causing serious personal injuries to the 49 year-old driver. Luckily, those injuries did not appear to be life threatening. The Volkswagen eventually lost control and crashed into a guard rail, at which point he hopped out of the car and started to flee on foot with gun in hand. The police shut down both lanes of I-5 as they attempted to locate the man who was eventually found along Olympic Drive.
The man was arrested for assault and vehicular assault. As a Seattle car accident attorney, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was also charged with felony eluding. It turned out the car was not stolen but did have canceled license plates. I’m glad no one was killed in this pursuit and hopefully the van driver will make a full recovery.