Driver fleeing police goes wrong way on I-5 twice before failed escape attempt in creek

Driver captured after trying to flee police in Marysville (KOMO Photo)

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A driver who led police on a wild wrong-way chase along I-5 Tuesday evening has been captured, but not before going on a rather chilly swim.

A Marysville police officer spotted a truck with fake license plates around 7:30 p.m. and attempted to pull the truck over, but the driver sped off, according to Trooper Heather Axtman with the Washington State Patrol.

A chase ensued, at which at one point police were able to successfully deploy a spike strip to damage the truck's tires.

But the driver kept going, first heading the wrong way on I-5 South at 4th Street, eventually exiting at 88th Street NE where reentered I-5 North heading the wrong way once again, Axtman said.

He made it a short distance before crashing his truck on the east side of the freeway, at which point he jumped out and dove into nearby Quilceda Creek to escape, Axtman said. He floated down to around the 2700 block of Marine Drive NE but was eventually captured by police.

The suspect was warming up at a local hospital, and when released, will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of attempting to flee police and two counts of reckless driving, Marysville Police said.

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