Lakewood police are searching for a carjacker who abandoned a vehicle at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday night after a high-speed chase.
The incident started around 5 p.m., when an off-duty police sergeant was driving home southbound on I-5, according to Lakewood police spokeswoman Heidi Hoffman.
Near the Dupont exit, the officer saw an 1993 Acura Legend speeding at over 100 mph on the shoulder of the freeway. The sergeant followed the car to the Dupont off-ramp, where the Acura collided into a railroad crossing arm.
The officer drew his weapon and attempted to stop the car. The man reportedly said, “Don’t shoot me!” and drove back onto the I-5, heading the wrong direction in the northbound lane. The suspect then crashed again and fled the Acura on foot. He ran to a family in a minivan north of the Gravelly Lake exit, took the vehicle by force and crashed it through a fence entering the base.
The van was found abandoned on base; a K-9 track was not successful. The owner of the Acura later identified the driver as her boyfriend. The man is described as a 34-year-old white male with a suspended license and a $15,000 warrant for reckless driving.