A Kirkland carjacking, followed by a police chase, ended in a serious Seattle auto accident on Interstate 5 on Saturday. It added to traffic already jammed from construction on the freeway’s southbound lanes.
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The carjacking happened just after noon in the 13000 block of 116th Way Northeast. The driver of a parked Jaguar XJ6 was threatened by a man with a knife. The man appeared to be in his 20’s. He demanded the Kirkland man’s vehicle, according to police.
Medina police officer saw the stolen Jaguar heading west on Highway 520 and chased it, while Kirkland police were at the scene gathering information. The chase continued across Lake Washington and onto I-5 southbound. It ended when the stolen car collided with two other cars and came to a stop on the freeway at Pine Street.
Police said that the driver of the stolen car was trapped inside and suffered “moderate” injuries. He was arrested and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Another driver suffered minor injuries, said Sgt. Keith Trowbridge of the Washington State Patrol, which investigated the accident. The crash closed all southbound lanes of I-5 for about two hours, according to the state Department of Transportation. Two lanes were later reopened.
The Washington car accident will be reviewed to make sure the officer followed department policy on high-speed chases, as is standard procedure in such cases, said Lt. Dan Yourkoski of the Medina Police Department.
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