State Patrol: Hit-and-run crash on I-5 in Thurston County involved road rage

A 21-year-old man was arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail following a crash at about 7:40 p.m. Sunday night on northbound Interstate 5, according to Washington State Patrol trooper Guy Gill.

The man, who was driving a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta, was part of a car club that was returning from a show in Portland, Gill said. He was traveling with five other vehicles that belong to a car club; drivers of the car club kept surrounding a 2001 Audi S-4, and trying to race it, Gill said.

“Basically, it kind of started with a road rage incident that took place over a span of about 10 miles,” Gill said.

The Audi’s driver, a 32-year-old Tacoma man, sped ahead to try to move away from the pack; he was in the far left lane of the freeway when the Jetta’s driver “moved to the inside shoulder and did a pit maneuver,” causing the Audi spin out into the barrier, and across the freeway, at milepost 91, near the Scatter Creek Rest Area, Gill said.

The driver of the Jetta fled the scene, but was pulled over shortly afterward at a gas station off Sleater-Kinney Road Southeast in Lacey.

The suspect faces charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving and hit-and-run, Gill said.