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Tag: Interstate 5


Man pleads not guilty after allegedly driving headlong into Pierce County patrol car, swinging at sheriff’s deputy after chase

A man accused of driving into a patrol car and then taking swings at a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty Monday.

The 46-year-old Tacoma man was charged with second- and third-degree assault and trying to elude police. He was held pending $500,000 bail.

According to court records, the man was driving a stolen vehicle and making random turns about 3:15 a.m. July 12 near 96th Street East and 48th Avenue East in Summit when deputies tried to pull him over.

Prosecutors said the man accelerated and took the chase to state Route 512 and then Interstate 5, drove

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Bumblebee throws tree branch onto I-5 from overpass

Initial reports to troopers about 4 p.m. of someone in a bumblebee costume on the Interstate 5 overpass at South 48th Street made more sense when dispatchers explained a small child had thrown a tree branch onto the freeway.

No one was hurt, and a trooper is en route to remove the branch, according to the State Patrol.


Arrest involving FBI on northbound I-5 this afternoon was for DOC warrant

The FBI and other agencies arrested a 28-year-old on northbound Interstate 5 near exit 122 about 1:30 p.m. today who had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant.

KIRO-TV reported that the arrest caused backups on the freeway.

The arrest was a joint effort between the federal agency, the state DOC and Seattle police, according to the FBI.

The man had failed to check in with his Community Corrections Officer, and was considered at high risk to commit a violent crime, according to the DOC. He had been sentenced to 12 months of supervision for a drug-related conviction, according to the

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The president isn’t in town today, but there was a motorcade

We’ve gotten questions today about what appears to be a law enforcement motorcade traveling through Pierce County.

People want to know why entrances to Interstate 5 were closed at various times and what the apparent escort was for.

Is the president in town? One caller asked.


But officers from multiple agencies did participate in an annual motor escort training exercise, hosted by the State Patrol, trooper Guy Gill said.

Officers traveled three pre-planned routes from Tacoma to Nisqually and back, Gill said.

“We do this training once a year so we are all on the same page and escorts that involve multiple

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State Patrol seeks witnesses to Sunday crash on northbound I-5 in Federal Way

The State Patrol is looking for witnesses to a Sunday night crash that happened on northbound Interstate 5 in Federal Way.

A gold Chrysler 300 crashed just before 11 p.m. with a concrete barrier on the freeway and rolled over onto its top near South 272nd Street, according to the State Patrol.

Troopers said there were three people in the vehicle, and that the driver was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and vehicular assault.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 425-401-7719.

Further details were not immediately available.


Firearms were different in non-injury drive-by shootings Sunday on SR 16 and I-5, troopers say

UPDATE as of 3:25 p.m. The State Patrol is treating the shootings as separate incidents, trooper Guy Gill said. The only connection between them is the similar times and close locations, he said.

INITIAL POST: A minivan shot on eastbound state Route 16 by North Jackson Avenue and a sedan shot on northbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma Sunday were hit by different firearms, troopers said today.

No one was injured in either shooting.

The SR 16 shooting happened about 4:15 a.m. between North Jackson Avenue and the eastbound Tacoma Narrows bridge.

The full-size sedan was shot multiple times about 30

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State Patrol looking for witnesses to two Tacoma drive-by shootings, on SR 16 and I-5

The State Patrol is looking for witnesses to two drive-by shootings that happened in Tacoma early Sunday morning, one at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the other on northbound Interstate 5.

A minivan was hit about 4:15 a.m. while heading east on state Route 16 between the bridge and North Jackson Avenue, according to the State Patrol.

No one was injured.

About 30 minutes later, a full-size sedan was shot multiple times on northbound I-5 between South 56th Street and South 38th Street, troopers said.

No one was injured.

The State Patrol is still investigating whether the shootings are related,

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Man arrested after Federal Way crash with Pierce County bus

A 31-year-old man was arrested after a crash with a Pierce County bus today that involved drugs or alcohol, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The crash happened about 3:20 p.m. on southbound Interstate 5 near South 376th Street, when a vehicle failed to slow for traffic and struck the bus, the State Patrol reported.

No one was injured.

Further details were not immediately available.