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Man in custody in I-5 standoff; interstate partially reopens

February 6, 2019

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say Interstate 5 has partially reopened near Lakewood after a vehicle crash and the arrest of a man who had refused to surrender to police.

The Washington Department of Transportation said Tuesday evening that two lanes of northbound Interstate 5 had reopened near Gravelly Lake Drive while one southbound lane had reopened.

Lt. Chris Lawler told the Seattle Times that police observed the man driving more than 100 mph on I-5 around 4 p.m.

Lawler says the man didn’t pull over when pursued by police and drove erratically in the southbound lanes before crashing into a tractor-trailer. The collision sent the truck over the freeway divider into northbound lanes.

Police say the man was taken into custody at about 5:20 p.m. and that the truck driver was OK.

The transportation agency says workers will need to remove the wreckage and repair the barrier before reopening the interstate.

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