A 27-year-old man led police on a multicounty, high-speed chase on Tuesday afternoon — all because of some stolen jeans.
The man arrested in Tacoma is suspected of committing an armed robbery at Olympia’s Capital Mall and fleeing north on Interstate 5, according to the Olympia Police Department. He was transported to the Thurston County Jail.
Lt. Paul Lower said the suspect allegedly stole three pairs of jeans from Macy’s, and when he was stopped by store security, he pulled out a gun and threatened to kill the security officers.
The man left the store and fled in a red Camaro. The security officers called police, and Olympia police officers spotted the car driving through downtown Olympia, Lower said. Officers followed the car, which sped toward I-5.
Olympia and Lacey police officers followed the car north on I-5, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol joined the pursuit at the Pierce County line, Lower said. During the pursuit, the suspect reached speeds of about 110 mph.
The driver exited I-5 at Bridgeport Way and was involved in a collision, Lower said. He fled on foot and was caught by Tacoma police on South Tacoma Way.
Police searched the Camaro and found a gun.
Lower said the man’s last known address was in Tacoma but that he didn’t respond when officers asked him for updated information. The man was also noncompliant as officers drove him back to Thurston County.
“He was in the back of the car screaming and trying to kick out windows,” Lower said. “He wasn’t being very cooperative.”