Chase Ends in T-Boned Police Cruiser


King 5 news reports on a police chase that happened early this morning that started on southbound I-5 and ended in Mountlake Terrace, WA near the Ballinger golf course.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. – An early morning chase ended with a Washington State Patrol trooper’s car being T-boned.

According to the Patrol, the chase began on Interstate 5 at the Snohomish County line shortly after 1 a.m. when a trooper spotted a car reported stolen Thursday afternoon.

“He attempted to stop the vehicle. Initially it looked like it was going to stop but then it decided not to,” said WSP Sergeant Darren Mihelich.

The chase traveled southbound until the car exited the freeway and went into a residential area of Mountlake Terrace.

The chase reached the 23000 block of Lakeview Drive where the road goes down a hill. A second Patrol unit was at the bottom of that hill and the stolen car slammed into it.

“Another trooper was assisting in the area and the suspect vehicle came down a hill,” said Mihelich. “The other trooper was approaching the area, (the suspect car) blew a stop sign and then struck the trooper.”

Two suspects, said to be juveniles, tried to flee on foot but were quickly taken into custody.

“The passenger was apprehended immediately,” Mihelich said. “With assistance of the Mountlake Terrace PD a perimeter was set up and a canine unit was called from Mountlake Terrace and they apprehended the driver approximately 45 minutes after the collision.”

The Patrol says a trooper and a cadet were in the rammed patrol car, they were taken to a hospital for a precautionary exam.

“They were taken to the hospital just to make sure everything is ok, make sure they didn’t have any other trauma,” Mihelich said.

Both suspects are said to have suffered minor injuries and were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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