A 40-year-old woman is in critical condition after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A high-speed chase ensued just after 11:20 on Sunday night when a police officer noticed a stolen pickup truck. He tried to pull the driver over, but the driver instead sped off in a reckless fashion, eventually finding his way onto I-405 North in Bothell. There, a dangerous pursuit continued, and the pickup was traveling at speeds about 30 miles per hour above the speed limit. From there, the pickup and officer in his patrol car merged onto I-5 North. Eventually, the officer turned off his siren and emergency lights, but continued to monitor the pickup. At this point, the pickup driver thought he was in the clear, and slowed down.
He finally approached a gas station, where he ran into a car. At this point, the officer reappeared and tried to block the pickup from leaving. The pickup made it through the attempted barricade and drove back to I-5 North, where he continued driving at speeds topping 90 miles per hour. Finally, he exited the freeway once more and was hitting speeds of almost 100 miles per hour, running handfuls of red lights. This led to him slamming into another vehicle, that of the 40-year-old woman. That vehicle went flying through the air, onto its side and then into a natural gas line, leaving the woman trapped. She had to be cut out by emergency responders.
It is so sad that an innocent bystander had to be hurt at all in this incident. We wish the victim a smooth recovery and send many well wishes her way.