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Police search for burglary suspect on JBLM after high speed pursuit ends in crash

Post by Mike Archbold on Feb. 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
February 18, 2011 2:52 pm

Joint Base Lewis McChord  officers have joined with other law enforcement agencies this afternoon to track down a burglary suspect who fled onto  the base when the car he was in crashed on the Dupont-Steilacoom Road.

Thurston County Sheriff spokesman, Lt. Greg Elwin, said the man  may have a handgun which was stolen in an earlier burglary in West Olympia.

The crash followed a high speed police pursuit of a car with the man and two others inside up Interstate 5 from Olympia shortly before noon, according to Thurston County Sheriff Lt. Greg Elwin.

He said 911 calls from motorists indicated the fleeing car was going 85 to 95 mph and passing cars on the shoulder.

Elwin said the the chase began after a couple returned to their Olympia home and interupted three men burglarizing their home.

The burglars fled and headed north on I-5 with both a Thurston County deputy and a Lacey police officer in pursuit. The Washington State Patrol also launched its plan to track the car.

The car crashed near Solo Point Road, Elwin said, and two of the three men were apprehended almost immediately. The third man fled onto the base behind the shooting ranges, he said.

K-9 units from JBLM, Pierce County and Puyallup are aiding in the search.

Elwin said no one was injured in the chase or the crash.

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