EVERETT — Snohomish County sheriff’s officers were searching late Thursday for a man who stole a truck, ran over its driver after being confronted by him, and then drove the truck into a telephone pole.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen said the owner of the GMC S-10 pickup was checking into the Motel 6 on 128th Street SW and Highway 99 in south Everett when he came out to see his truck being driven off. He had left the keys in the ignition and the truck running while he checked into the motel.
The man flagged down another motorist and together they began following his truck. When they came to a stoplight at 124th Street and Fourth Avenue W., the owner of the truck got out and confronted the man who had taken his truck. The thief ran over the owner of the truck, Jorgensen said.
The suspect then drove away. Sheriff’s officers found the truck a short time later after the suspect apparently drove it into a telephone pole in the 11800 block of Silver Way. The thief wasn’t found.
The owner of the vehicle was taken to a hospital in Everett with a broken leg and other injuries.
Lynnwood police said the man was getting out of his truck in the 7500 block of 196th Street SW at about 3:40 p.m. Thursday when a woman walked up to him and asked for money.
He reached into his pocket for his wallet and was struck on the right temple and knocked unconscious.
When the man came to, he found his wallet missing and the woman gone. She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 100 pounds, age 17 to 20, brown hair, wearing baggy clothing and a yellow top.
The victim told police he thought a second suspect, a man, hit him while his attention was diverted by the woman. He drove himself to the hospital, where he was treated and released and where officers interviewed him.
The fire, which broke out about 6:40 a.m., was confined to one office suite, but there was considerable smoke damage throughout the first floor and smoke odor throughout the building, Lynnwood Fire Department Lt. DeVon Ogurkow said.
Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace firefighters responded. No damage estimate was available.
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