LACENTER, Wa– Around 7:15 last night Washington State patrol began chasing a driver after he wouldn’t pull over for Kelso police. The pursuit along I-5 reached speeds of 100 mph. Spike strips were used but were unsuccessful at stopping the car. The driver took exit 16 at LaCenter, and hit another vehicle at the top of the off ramp. That crash disabled the car. Troopers tried to get the male driver and female passenger out of the car. The driver didn’t comply. At some point WSP troopers and a Cowlitz police officer fired shots striking the driver.
The woman passenger got out of the car and was taken into custody. The driver was alert and conscious , still refused to get out of the car. He told law enforcement he had a gun in the car and was ready to die. The drive was seen multiple times using a meth pipe to ingest a substance believed to be methamphetamine. About 20 minutes later he got out of the car and was arrested. He was transported to the hospital. The man is in serious but stable condition.
The car was searched. Police found a gun in the car. The investigation is ongoing and will be conducted by the Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team.