Traffic stop turns into chase in Thurston County

Staff writerMay 28, 2013 

It was supposed to be a routine traffic stop, part of the Washington State Patrol’s “Click it or Ticket” emphasis.

Instead, it turned into a chase and search that involved six South Sound law enforcement agencies 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 a woman, both of Rainier, were spotted by a trooper at about 4:40 p.m. allegedly not wearing seat belts 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 throw a gun magazine onto northbound Interstate 5. A few minutes later, he said, he saw the female passenger threw out a handgun around the 3000 block of Pacific Avenue.

At some point, the driver swerved to miss spike strips and almost hit a Tumwater police officer, Gill said.

The couple ditched the car near Lacey. Authorities found them about an hour after the initial call, about 5:30 p.m., walking near Golf Club Road and 14th Avenue Southeast, Gill said.

“When they realized that law enforcement was there, a brief foot pursuit ensued,” he said.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Department and Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia and Tenino Police assisted in the effort. The 36-year-old man and 34-year-old woman are convicted felons and were arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail.

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