A speeding driver under pursuit on I-5 by Washington State Troopers exited into SeaTac on Monday afternoon, Oct. 26, where he crashed into a 74-year old man before hitting a tree.
The victim – who ended up under the crashed vehicle – was transported to Harborview with a fractured Hip, fractured knee, and a brain bleed.
The wild chase all started on northbound I-5 near SR 516 Monday around 12:30 p.m., when the Washington State Patrol stopped a vehicle for speeding.
The driver provided false names to a Trooper, then sped off from the left side of the roadway to the right lane and exited to S. 200th Street into SeaTac and then southbound on Military Road. The Trooper pursued the vehicle at speeds of 85 MPH in a posted 35 MPH zone before giving up the chase at a red light.
Police say that as the speeding vehicle approached the intersection of Military and S. 216th Street, the Trooper believed the driver was not going to stop for the red light, so he terminated the pursuit and slowed down. The Trooper observed the vehicle move to the right around a stopped vehicle and proceed through the intersection against the red light. The Trooper then lost sight of the car, then drove southbound on Military Road since that was the last direction he observed it traveling. When he reached S. 220th Street, he observed the same vehicle crashed into a tree on the corner.
Other officers arrived and quickly located the suspect hiding in the bushes. Witnesses who observed him run from the vehicle described that he wore a yellow colored Puffy coat and a black backpack. Those same witnesses stated the coat and backpack recovered by police were the same one they observed the suspect to have when he ran from the car.
While conducting an inventory of the backpack following WSP policy and procedures for evidence securement, a hand gun was observed inside the bag. The bag was immediately secured for a search warrant.