ARLINGTON — A high-speed pursuit through north Snohomish County, Arlington and Marysville on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 22, resulted in the arrest of a 23-year-old Monroe man on multiple charges. The pursuit started at approximately 11:10 a.m. when Arlington Police officers located a stolen vehicle that, moments before, had been observed by a Snohomish County Sheriff's deputy in Arlington.
Arlington Police officers initiated a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle at the intersection of Fourth Street and State Route 9. The driver of the stolen vehicle did not stop, and instead drove off northbound on State Route 9 at a high rate of speed. Five officers from the Arlington and Marysville police departments, as well as the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, pursued the vehicle for more than 20 minutes through north Snohomish County, Arlington, Lakewood and Marysville, at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, before the vehicle was abandoned on the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 5 at State Route 531 (172nd Street NE). The driver was apprehended near the on-ramp and taken into custody by officers from the Arlington Police Department. Assisting in the apprehension were officers from the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and the Stillaguamish Tribal Police.
During the pursuit, the driver of the stolen vehicle rammed two police vehicles multiple times, rendering one of them inoperable. An Arlington Police vehicle received substantial damage in the ramming incident, while the condition of the Marysville Police vehicle that was struck by the fleeing vehicle has yet to be assessed. Two officers involved in the ramming were later evaluated by medical personnel and released with minor injuries.
The driver of the stolen vehicle was transported to Cascade Valley Hospital by the Arlington Fire Department and will be subsequently transported to Snohomish County Jail. Multiple charges are anticipated against the 23-year-old suspect, including being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony eluding of a police vehicle, and vehicular assault.