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Strange things happen when you're asleep. And some of them involve meth, as a story this morning from KOMO makes clear.
According to a story posted to KOMO's website this morning, police in Burien were led on a wild chase by a man driving a stolen Dodge Charger with an affinity for the drug. Along for the ride was the man's estranged wife, who had apparently been wooed into accompanying her former husband to dinner by his fancy "new" car.
As the KOMO story details, the bizarre string of events started around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning when police spotted the stolen Dodge Charger at a Burien gas station. When officers approached, the man jumped back behind the wheel and took off -- leading cops on a pursuit "up and down Interstate 5, State Routes 518 and 509 and through the arrivals area at Sea-Tac," according to the story.
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[Sgt. Patrick McCurdy] said the driver never went faster than about 80 mph and even slowed down when he twice led deputies through the airport pick-up road.
After about 20 minutes of chasing the driver, deputies used a PIT maneuver to force the car to stop.
"Immediately afterwards he apparently pulled out a methamphetamine pipe and started smoking right there in front of everybody," McCurdy said.
Though the man apparently refused to get out of the car, he was persuaded to do so by an officer who attempted to smash the Charger's side window. Once apprehended, it was discovered that the man was already wanted by authorities for a previous eluding offense -- which will now be added to the investigation of felony eluding, possession of a stolen vehicle and drug offenses he racked up in his stolen Charger.
As for the man's estranged wife, KOMO reports there was a court order barring the man from having contact with her -- which was obviously also violated. Though her choice in men may be a bit suspect, police contend she was an innocent victim in the man's meth-fueled overnight escapade.
"Apparently he just showed up, re-entered her life recently with his fancy new car that turned out to be stolen," McCurdy said. "They went out to dinner tonight and everything was going well, according to her, then we found them at the gas station. Things didn't go well after that."
No, they certainly didn't.