Driver Rams WSP Troopers Vehicle During Traffic Stop

Chris Nelson /Skagit Breaking
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Burlington, WA – The Washington State Patrol received a 9-1-1 call just before 7:00 p.m. on May 2nd, 2017 about an erratically driven red Hyundai on Northbound I-5 near Stanwood.

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A Washington State Patrol Sergeant pulled over near Anderson Road in Mount Vernon and waited for the vehicle to pass him so he could pull in behind the vehicle and  observe the driver for traffic violations.

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Once behind the vehicle, the Trooper noticed  the vehicle had expired tabs. The driver then exited the freeway at George Hopper Road in Burlington and headed over the overpass, where the driver turned onto the on-ramp to Southbound I-5.   As the driver accelerated he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the freeway on-ramp guardrail.

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The Trooper pulled  up behind the vehicle and the driver put his car in reverse and backed into the Troopers SUV, ramming it,  before speeding back up the on-ramp.  The  Trooper pursued the vehicle as the driver sped into Burlington where the Trooper lost sight of the vehicle.

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Several local Police agencies responded to the area to help locate the suspect vehicle and the car was located abandoned in the South corner of the 7-11 parking lot off of  South Burlington Boulevard.

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Burlington Officers set up a containment area around where the vehicle was found and a K-9 Officer and his handler from the Mount Vernon Police Department attempted to locate the subject but was unsuccessful.

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The Trooper received minor injuries in the incident, and  his SUV sustained minor damage.

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Police have impounded the suspects vehicle and had it towed so they can apply for a search warrant to search the vehicle for evidence.

The suspect was described as a white male with blonde hair and he was wearing glasses.

If you have information on the identity of the driver, you are asked to contact the Washington State Patrol.

 

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Chris Nelson
I'm a long time Skagit County Resident. I believe in doing the right thing and helping others when you can.

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