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UPDATED: Three injured after I-5 crash, carjacking

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 9, 2010 at 5:50 am with No Comments »
March 9, 2010 8:12 am

Three people were injured Monday night after a man tried to flee from Lakewood police, crashed along Interstate 5 and carjacked a second vehicle, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The man was later found after he fled into housing on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The man was booked into Pierce County Jail early today on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree theft, two counts of vehicular assault, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

The incident occurred just after 5:30 p.m. According to a State Patrol memo, an Acura Legend was southbound on I-5. Lakewood officers were trying to overtake the Acura.

The Acura got off the highway at Exit 119, hit a railroad crossing and went into the City of DuPont, troopers reported.

Officers spotted the car going southbound on the northbound exit ramp at the DuPont truck scale. The car righted itself at the bottom of the ramp, then went north on I-5. The car left the roadway at Exit 120 and hit the Fort Lewis perimeter fence.

The driver got out and fled on foot. He carjacked a second vehicle – a minivan – with two women inside.

The driver later fled on foot into a Lewis-McChord housing development. He was arrested by Department of Defense officers, then released into state custody, troopers reported.

The 33-year-old man was injured and taken to Tacoma General Hospital. The two women inside the minivan were taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, troopers reported.

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