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.
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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.