A standoff following a police pursuit and crash on Interstate 5 in Lakewood ended peacefully Tuesday.
The suspect gave himself up to police at about 5:15 p.m. The incident shut down the freeway in both directions for over an hour.
The man held police at bay from inside the wreckage of his vehicle. He was threatening his own life with a knife. Police negotiated with him on the freeway near Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest.
Near the suspect’s vehicle, a crashed tractor-trailer straddled the concrete divider barrier as law enforcement and firefighters arrived on scene.
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A Lakewood Police spokesman said the pursuit began when the suspect’s vehicle passed a police car on the freeway at speeds greater than 100 mph. The police car gave chase, but the man did not yield.
The vehicle eventually struck the semi south of Gravelly Lake. The semi then crashed into the barrier, sending it into the northbound lanes. The truck driver was able to exit his vehicle uninjured, the Washington State Patrol said.
Two lines of police officers could be seen with guns drawn and facing the suspect’s vehicle during the standoff.
As of 5 p.m., northbound I-5 was backed up to DuPont. Southbound traffic was stopped just south of state Route 512.
Southbound cars were exiting the freeway the wrong way using the southbound on ramp at Gravelly Lake.
The wreck took down a light pole in addition to damaging the concrete barrier.