Allegedly drunken driver arrested in police chase through Olympia

Staff writerOctober 30, 2013 

An intoxicated 35-year-old from Auburn is under arrest after he led Washington State Patrol troopers on a chase from Interstate 5 south, off the Martin Way exit and into Olympia Wednesday morning.

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A 35-year-old from Auburn who is suspected to be intoxicated, is under arrest after he led Washington State Patrol troopers on a chase from Interstate 5 south, off the Martin Way exit and into Olympia Wednesday morning.

A concerned driver headed south on I-5 initially alerted law enforcement to the erratic driver of a brown Ford Bronco about 8:30 a.m., Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said. A trooper tried to stop the driver when the motorist exited at Martin Way, he added. The driver slowed on the exit ramp as if he was about to pull over, then sped away, initiating a chase, he said.

The driver of the Ford Bronco caused two collisions at the intersection of Martin Way and Lilly Road when he ran a red light and rammed two vehicles, Gill said. No one was badly hurt in the crashes, he added.

The driver entered an apartment complex parking lot in the 3400 block of 17th Street, running over a power box, causing residents there to lose electricity, Gill added. He was finally pulled over and apprehended after hitting the power box and was placed under arrest.

The man was arrested on suspicion of felony eluding, driving under the influence and several misdemeanor warrants, including driving without a license, Gill said. Gill commended the driver on I-5 who initially called 911, because the motorist was obviously a danger to other motorists, he said.

"This is exactly the reason why we encourage the public to call in when they see an erratic vehicle," he said.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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