EVERETT, Wash. - A man arrested overnight in a stolen truck after a police pursuit and crash that injured a woman, is also a person of interest that the Washington State Patrol Auto Theft Task Force wanted to interview.
The driver of a stolen pickup crashed into a car Sunday night in Everett, leaving the driver of an SUV with life threatening injuries.
Everett Police said the Bothell Police Department spotted the stolen truck around 11:20 p.m. Sunday and attempted to stop it.
The driver allegedly did not stop and entered a parking lot in the 1500 block of 164th Street SE where it collided with another vehicle, then backed into a police car.
The chase moved to Interstate 5, then onto SE Everett Mall Way and eventually ended when the pickup collided with the SUV at the intersection of Rucker Ave and Pacific Ave.
The pickup flipped upside down and slid onto the sidewalk. The car ended up on its side and struck a natural gas line, rupturing it.
The 40-year-old Mukilteo woman driving the SUV was extricated and taken to Harborview Medical Center. The 33-year-old Seattle man suspected of driving the pickup was arrested and was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Sgt. Jason Longoria of the Washington State Patrol works with the Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force. Since the beginning of the year there have been many cases of stolen Ford trucks, specifically F-250s and F-350s made between 2000-2006. In April, the county had at least 20 cases. Investigators have a list of persons of interests that they want to interview, and the 33-year-old driver involved in Sunday's crash is on it.
"We know who he is, his name has come up several times," said Sgt. Longoria. "We were at the point where we were gathering evidence and developing a case against him. We were unfortunately a day or two too late in this situation."
The driver, whose name we are not releasing until his first court appearance, is in the Snohomish County jail and should go before a judge on Tuesday.
As for the recent thefts, investigators suggested that truck owners use extra security tools, like GPS trackers on vehicles. Also if you are the victim of a theft pay close attention to details, like security cameras in the area, because that has helped detectives locate some of the stolen trucks.