EDMONDS — A homicide suspect was arrested Tuesday after a high-speed car pursuit from Everett to Edmonds, according to police.
Detectives had been tipped off that a suspect in a Yakima County killing had fled to Snohomish County, Everett officer Aaron Snell said.
Police began chasing an Acura TL around 4:30 p.m. on Everett Mall Way. The suspect was a passenger in the car.
A first-degree murder warrant had been issued Friday for his arrest, according to court records.
Nadia Diaz-Luna, 16, a Cascade High School student, had set down her backpack at a home in the Pinehurst neighborhood when she saw a white car with tinted windows racing past.
The driver was being chased by about a half-dozen police cars, at speeds she estimated to be around 60 mph.
“I was just freaking out, because they were going so fast,” she said. “We weren’t sure if the guy was going to pass by again.”
Like much of the neighborhood, she was on edge after a mini mart clerk had been stabbed to death in the 6900 block of Broadway late Monday. (A suspect had been arrested overnight, in that case.)
The chase Tuesday wound onto I-5, with speeds around 110 mph, according to police radio traffic. There were “several reported collisions” along the way, Everett police said.
Nobody was hurt.
Anya Bogachov (left) and Anngee Gorell, witnesses to Tuesday’s high-speed chase down I-5 from Everett to Edmonds.
The Acura sped along the asphalt shoulder, blazing past sluggish traffic during the evening commute, according to a Herald staffer who was driving south on the freeway.
A stream of roughly 20 police cruisers followed with sirens blaring.
The car exited south of Lynnwood, then took a tight turn and skidded over a curb into a WinCo parking lot in the 21900 block of Highway 99.
Police dogs were called out to help chase down the driver and passenger. Both were taken into custody.
Many police agencies — Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Everett, Snohomish County — converged on the scene.
Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell briefs reporters after a high-speed chase on I-5 Tuesday from Everett to Edmonds.
The driver was arrested for investigation of attempting to elude police.
The passenger, 24, was detained for investigation of murder. Court records show the young man has gang ties in Snohomish County.
He’d been under an order prohibiting him from being on West Casino Road at any time, for any reason, when he was caught in the passenger seat of a car on Casino last summer.
On the floorboard by his feet, police saw a .380-caliber Jimenez Arms semiautomatic pistol, charging papers say in that case.
He served a sentence of nine months in jail for unlawful possession of a firearm.
On Tuesday, he was wanted in the fatal shooting of a man, 44, from earlier this month in Granger, east of the Cascades.
According to the Yakima Herald-Republic, detectives suspected the killing was drug-related.
Zachariah Bryan contributed to this story.
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