It was supposed to be a routine traffic stop, part of the Washington State Patrols Click it or Ticket emphasis.
Instead, it turned into a chase and search that involved six South Sound law enforcement agencies on Monday and landed two people in jail on investigation of multiple felony charges, according to Washington State Patrol spokesman Trooper Guy Gill.
A man and woman were spotted by a trooper at about 4:40 p.m. allegedly not wearing seatbelts in a car on Pacific Avenue near Devoe Street in Olympia. Instead of pulling over, the car took off, leading a pursuit that went through parts of Olympia, Tumwater and unincorporated Thurston County, Gill said. During the chase, the trooper reported that he saw the male driver allegedly throw a gun magazine onto northbound Interstate 5. A few minutes later, he saw the female passenger allegedly throw out a handgun around the 3000 block of Pacific Avenue. At some point, the driver swerved to miss spike strips and nearly hit a Tumwater Police officer, Gill said.
The couple ditched the car near Lacey and were found by authorities about an hour after the initial call, at about 5:30 p.m., walking near Golf Club Road and 14th Avenue SE, Gill said.
When they realized that law enforcement was there, a brief foot pursuit ensued, he said. We ended up getting them both in custody.
Thurston County Sheriffs Department and Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia and Tenino Police assisted in the effort.
Pretty much every law enforcement agency was involved, Gill said.
The 36-year-old man and 34-year-old woman, both of Rainier, are convicted felons, and were arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail on investigation of felony eluding, first-degree assault and possession of controlled substances and stolen property, Gill said.