Sheriff's department: Man fled deputies in wrong direction on I-5

Staff writerJune 5, 2014 

Law enforcement around South Fawcett Avenue and South 38th Street Thursday evening were looking for a man who fled sheriff's deputies, in the process driving the wrong way briefly on Interstate 5, Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Troyer gave this account:

The pursuit started in the area of South 56th and South Orchard streets in University Place, when a patrol car pulled behind the suspect vehicle and tried to conduct a traffic stop. The suspect then took off, eventually heading north in the southbound lanes of I-5 between South 56th and South 38th streets. The suspect exited the freeway at 38th. The man ditched the car, and at one point during the pursuit threw a firearm from the window.

Multiple agencies were involved in the search for the man, and a police dog was also part of the effort.

The suspect was not found, but deputies were able to identify him, Troyer said.

It wasn't immediately clear when the pursuit began, but readers seeing the resulting search asked about 4:45 p.m. what was causing the police activity.

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