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UPDATED: Burglary suspects get away after high-speed chase on I-5 in three counties

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Dec. 15, 2011 at 5:47 am with 19 Comments »
December 15, 2011 6:42 am
A fleeing suspect hit a State Patrol SUV/Courtesy of WSP

UPDATED at 6:30 a.m.

Washington State Patrol troopers and law enforcement officers from three counties chased two suspected burglars from Tumwater to DuPont early today but ended the pursuit after it got too dangerous.

At one point, the suspect struck a trooper’s patrol car in downtown Olympia. The police SUV suffered minor damage and the trooper was not injured, the State Patrol reported.

Troopers were searching for the driver, his passenger and the silver SUV.

The incident began in the Centralia area around 3:30 a.m., State Patrol trooper Guy Gill reported. Centralia police tried to stop the SUV because the occupants were suspected of burglarizing a jewelry boutique.

The SUV took off and headed north on Interstate 5, Gill said. The SUV drove without any lights on.

Troopers picked up the pursuit around Tumwater Boulevard. At times, the suspect drove 105 mph.

The driver got off in Olympia and spun out on a city street. As a trooper was positioning his SUV, the suspect regained control of his vehicle and struck the trooper’s vehicle, Gill said.

The suspect got back onto I-5 and headed north. At one point, troopers spotted the passenger throwing several items, including bolt cutters, from the moving vehicle, Gill said.

The suspect got off the freeway at Mounts Road. He went over the highway and then went north in the southbound lanes.

Troopers then terminated the pursuit because the suspect’s actions had gotten too dangerous, Gill said.

“We discontinue a pursuit when it reaches points like that,” he said.

Troopers believe the suspects got off I-5 in DuPont.

Leave a comment Comments → 19
  1. saywhat253 says:

    what the criminals where to hardcore to get them… isnt that your job? im glad my taxes pay for your inability to pick these scum up! i bet u go harrass a medical marijuana patient today because you lost a real criminal last night!

  2. saywhat253 says:

    and again the police letting a real criminal go because they feared the pursuit to catch a real criminal… im sure there is some guy j walking in seattle right now better get him since you dont get real criminals off the street

  3. I am absolutely sickened by these burglary suspects. They were only inches away, literally inches, from colliding head on and killing my entire household last night and leaving me a widow with a baby on the way. I hope these guys get whats coming to them.

  4. Gailkohler says:

    To Saywhat253- Since you don’t think that the police should not have given up the chase because it got too dangerous maybe you would like to donate yourself, your child or any other member of your family to be the one or more people that a police car or the suspects run into and kill? It is ignorant people like you that keep the world messed up!

  5. cclngthr says:

    Police do not have vehicles that are designed for high speeds. An SUV is not designed to go over 100 mph.

    Gailkohler, The problem is, police are not agressive enough to properly catch high speed vehicles criminals use. One, the cars they have are not designed for high speed use, and 2, they don’t practice taking out criminals enough.

    Criminals also are outpowering police because the weapons used by criminals are higher caliber than what police have. Mark 2 grenade launchers, fully automatic AR rifles, high caliber pistols, etc.

  6. mojjonation says:

    Jesus, bitter dude? You really shouldn’t hide your disdane for law enforcement so much, just come out and say what you mean.

  7. PolarBear53 says:

    Some of these comments make me shake my head, at some point you have to call off the pursuit if it out weighs public safety. They have the Vehicle plate, they picked up the material on I5 for finger prints. And this silly comment that Police do not have vehicles that are designed for high speeds? The suspect was in a SUV nothing special about that. Just because you have a fast car does not make the pursuit end. this isnt need for speed hot pursuit video game. Go for a Ride a Long and see what the real world is like.

  8. This would have been a great situation to call in a UAV and just wait for the suspects to stop and then nab them.

  9. Even if the police have high speed pursuit cars, the issue is the actions of the suspects. I have been caught in the middle of a high speed pursuit in a urban area, and believe me, it is prudent for the police to break off direct pursuit in some circumstances.

  10. ruledbysun says:

    I don’t think you should add that you won’t chase them, the wrong person reading this says “Oh, so, I might have a chance to out run them”. Some things are better left unsaid. Just say you lost them.

  11. EdgeofReason says:

    Saywhat253 – Mad because they “let them go”. They went the wrong way on I5. You would have probably been the first person saying they should not have chased them if the burglars had hit an innocent driver. The police have to make split second decisions throughout the day. Also, there is possibly more to the story then is being reported. The police might have an idea who these guys are and will get them later and in a safer manner.

  12. ccingthr, really? Most WSP cars are specifically purchased for their high speed abilities (Chargers, Crown Vics, etc). Where and when have “Mark 2 grenade launchers, fully automatic AR rifles, high caliber pistols, etc.” been used around here?

  13. cclngthr says:

    PolarBear53,
    Having cops drive SUV’s puts them at a disadvantage because that type of vehicle is not capable of high speed handling with the power/weight to take out a vehicle that needs to be removed from the road quickly. The Crown Vic is a vehicle that is intended for low speed motoring, not a high speed well handling car. Even with modifications, it only is capable of speeds of less than 100 mph safely. Cars like the Mazda 3, Subaru WRX, BMW series, Mercedes Benz series, and some VW’s are capable of safely handing speeds of 155+ mph safely.
    The Mazda 3 has a top speed of 155 mph, and can do that safer than the crown vic due to the design of the car.

    Behav,
    Criminals have weapons that are more powerful than what a cop posesses, which usually are a 40 caliber pistol or a 20 gauge shotgun, or a small rifle. Some criminals carry weapons that have a longer range and higher power than what cops carry.

    I have a 50 caliber handgun that is more powerful than a cops weapon. Can penetrate more with a 50 than a smaller 40. I also have a WWII assault rifle (German Mauser) that has a range of 1000 yards.

    Some weapons are fully automatic, and can shoot up to 1,000 rounds a minute. The Bravo 240 is a assault rifle that can shoot up to 500 rounds a minute. Police don’t have these weapons, but criminals and ordinary citizens can posess them due to the ease of availability of such weapons.

  14. olbluedoc says:

    cclngthr, so you think the cops should drive 155 mph to catch them? And risk innocent lives? Maybe we should get Batman! And a grenade launcher! What really scares me is that a complete tool like you possesses so many weapons.

  15. These guys almost ran head on into my Husband, Brother, and best friends at over 100mph going down the wrong way of I5. The collision was less than a foot from happening. It really sucks these guys got away but the police most likely saved lives ending the pursuit.

  16. steve_allison says:

    I for one am glad no one was killed. Yes, I wish they could have been caught right then and there . The social costs of chasing some criminals is just not worth it all the time. You have to protect the innocent as well as go after the guilty . In this case patience and a calm heads seen to have prevailed .

    What if someone had been hurt or killed ?I bet some of you would second guess why the police would have to pay out millions to a poor, innocent suffering family with a terrible loss ? Pain and suffering for the reckless reguard of innocent lives . Sounds like an out of court settlement to me and … maybe the polcie didn’t even catch them when they caused a bad crash . You were not there . Sometimes you just have to let it go before greater damage is done; maybe to someone you know and love . Good people are still more valuable than bad ones.

    Now those particular crooks ( at least the driver ) has proven that he/ she deserves to be given no benefit of the doubt during apprehension . They might want to turn themselves in soon. The passenger might be able to make a deal if he turns the driver, soon !

  17. I almost forgot, the officers rolling in the Suv’s are armed to the teeth. Benelli scatterguns , and any variant of the Ar15\Ar10 you can think of.

  18. headshaker says:

    don’t the meatball journalists ask any questions? Like, did the WSP get a plate number and an ID? Was it stolen? amber alerts seem to work pretty well for kids. Go after these ***holes, too.

  19. dankuykendall says:

    I am sure the license number was taken down but why alert anyone to that fact? I’m just glad that everyone involved in this went home safely, no harm, no foul. The robbers will strike again and hopefully will not kill anyone then either.
    mizzmu I am sure happy that all of your family arrived home safely.

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