Wrong-way driver on I-405 near SR 520 tried to flee troopers

CLYDE HILL, Wash. — Authorities pursuing a wrong-way driver of a stolen vehicle used a pit maneuver Thursday morning to stop the suspect fleeing along I-405 near State Road 520.

Washington State Trooper Rick Johnson said authorities were pursuing a stolen vehicle from a dealership in Bothell. The soldiers attempted a pit maneuver, a tactic to force a fleeing car to turn sideways and force the driver to lose control, but the suspect began driving the wrong direction on the freeway to avoid authorities to flee, Johnson said.

Johnson said another pit maneuver stopped the suspect’s car. The suspect was arrested after a brief foot chase and a soldier was taken to hospital with a wrist injury, Johnson said. The suspect is recovering in hospital with minor injuries.

Johnson tweeted that the two left lanes reopened just before 8:15 a.m., two hours after the chase was reported.

Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) tweeted first of the incident just after 6:15 a.m., WSDOT said at the time police activity blocked the transit ramp from the Yarrow Point Freeway Station, the left general-purpose lane, and the 92nd Ave NE ramp heading eastbound for SR 520.

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