WSP: Fleeing Driver Kills Self On I-5 At Tumwater - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WSP: Fleeing Driver Kills Self On I-5 At Tumwater

TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says a fleeing driver committed suicide as a high-speed chase came to an end Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 at Tumwater.

Trooper Guy Gill told KOMO Radio that chase began just before 6 a.m. when a car going about 85 mph passed a marked patrol car.

The chase ended when the fleeing car spun out near Tumwater. Gill says the trooper saw the driver raise a hand. Then the trooper heard a shot and saw the driver slump over. Gill says no officer fired a gun.

Thurston County authorities are investigating the death. The investigation has caused a mile-long backup of southbound traffic.

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