A Washington man suspected of being high on drugs when he caused a series of freeway crashes worthy of an action movie chase sequence, caused the interstate melee just hours after he was released from jail on another DUI-related arrest.
The 22-year-old is facing charges of driving under the influence of heroin and methamphetamine, reckless driving, multiple counts of hit-and-run of occupied vehicles, and attempted second-degree robbery for allegedly trying to steal a car in the early December incident along Interstate 5.
The spree began during evening rush hour when the man drove his Ford Crown Victoria at high speeds along the shoulder of the interstate, deliberately crashing into at least nine cars along the way. After driving into oncoming traffic, he abandoned his car and ran down the road, jumping on the hoods of cars along the way, before trying to wrestle a man out of his car in an attempt to steal the vehicle. The man was caught after the owner of the car fled his vehicle, taking his keys with him. State troopers found the 22-year-old behind the wheel of the immobile car trying to drive it.
After his arrest, the man told officers he had smoked meth and was part of “Fast and Furious,” a video game and movie franchise. The man said he set records “for the farthest distance and most damage for the game.” On his way to jail, he was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. No one he struck while driving was seriously injured. The entire incident lasted about half an hour.
According to the arresting troopers, the man was paranoid, fearful troopers would kill him and telling them he had two bullet holes in his head. He was sweating profusely, exhibiting drastic mood swings and speaking rapidly. He told troopers he had not slept in several days and that he was a “dope fiend” and regular user of heroin, meth, ecstasy and cocaine.
He was being held in jail on $1 million bond. Less than 24 hours earlier, the man was pulled over for speeding and arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. In 2014, he was convicted of DUI in Indiana.
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