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Police pursuit ends with PIT maneuver on northbound I-5 in Seattle

The crash closed multiple northbound lanes of I-5 near Michigan Street for over an hour.

SEATTLE — A high-speed police pursuit on northbound Interstate 5 ended in a PIT maneuver in Seattle Wednesday morning.

Three right lanes of northbound I-5 near Michigan Street were initially closed around 10:35 a.m. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said all lanes reopened to traffic just before noon.

“Be aware of the tow on the right shoulder, and note there was a four mile-long backup, so may take a while to get back to normal,” the department tweeted.

Washington State Patrol (WSP) Public Information Officer Trooper Rick Johnson said troopers spotted a woman in a vehicle who appeared impaired at a Federal Way rest area. The woman reportedly took off at a high speed and rammed a patrol vehicle when troopers attempted to approach her.

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Johnson said troopers “observed obvious signs of impairment prior to receiving permission to pursue” the vehicle.

WSDOT cameras captured the chase and showed a vehicle swerving in and out of traffic and side-swiping multiple vehicles along the way.

The chase ended with multiple WSP patrol vehicles using a PIT maneuver to stop the driver.

A PIT, or Precision Immobilization Technique, maneuver is a technique used by law enforcement to force a fleeing vehicle to abruptly turn 180 degrees, causing the vehicle to stall and stop, according to the U.S. Department of Justice

The WSP said the driver, who has a felony warrant for her arrest, was taken into custody.

No injuries have been reported.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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