Paper shredding van makes poor getaway car

MONROE – A man didn’t get far today when he tried to outrun police today in a van that is used as a mobile document shredding center.

The van was reported stolen in Everett about 10 a.m. Monroe police officers received a tip that the van may be headed toward their city, Monroe police Administrative Bureau Chief Debbie Willis said. About 15 minutes later, police spotted the van parked at Fred Meyer along U.S. 2.

Police officers attempted to contact the man but he jumped into the van and raced off, Willis said. Police chased after the man for a short distance before he crashed into a Snohomish County sheriff’s patrol vehicle and three other cars.

No one was hurt in the 11:30 a.m. crash. The man was arrested. He is expected to be booked into the county jail for investigation of theft and assault.

Police don’t believe the man had any access to sensitive information that was destined for shredding.

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