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WSP: Impaired elderly man led troopers in pursuit on I-5

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
October 26, 2011 5:28 pm

An elderly man suspected of being impaired by prescription drugs led Washington State Patrol troopers on a pursuit this afternoon.

Multiple people called 911 about 3 p.m. to report an erratic driver who was taking up all the lanes on southbound Interstate 5.

“The driver struck a guardrail and a barrier on different occasions,” trooper Guy Gill said. “They were very poor driving patterns to say the least.”

Troopers tried to pull the man over but he refused to stop, initiating a chase that reached speeds of 80 mph.

Troopers eventually used spike strips to stop the man near Mounts Road. As troopers approached the man’s vehicle, he again took off.

“At this point, he was literally driving on rims,” Gill said.

He made it a quarter-mile before stopping and being taken into custody.

No one was injured.

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