EVERETT, Wash. – A sheriff's spokeswoman in Washington state says tips from the public helped authorities make an arrest following a search for an armed suspect Wednesday that shut down a busy freeway and disrupted commuter traffic.
When traffic in Interstate 5's northbound lanes in the Everett area began moving again shortly before 9 p.m., the backup stretched five miles. The entire freeway was shut down for about an hour.
Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Rebecca Hover says deputies had pursued a black Jetta that was believed to be stolen. The pursuit took on new urgency when the Jetta's driver reportedly fired and hit a deputy's patrol vehicle. No one was injured.
The chase continued north on I-5 until the Jetta's armed driver was seen running from the freeway following traffic crash. The Daily Herald reports a woman was injured when her van rolled over on the freeway as the pursuit ended.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com