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Suspect Survives Run Across I-5, Gets Arrested Anyways

A man dressed head to toe in camouflage sprinted across 11 lanes of Interstate 5 Monday night before he unsuccessfully tried to hide from police.

Officers and Major Crimes Taskforce Detectives went to a wooded area in the 7900 block of Banner Way Northeast around 7:45 PM Monday to search for a prolific 23-year-old burglar and bike thief, wanted on several felony warrants.

Police climbed through a hole in a fence and walked back into the woods, where they quickly arrested the 23-year-old. However, when they tried to contact a 32-year-old man in the same wooded area, he ran from officers, down onto Interstate 5.

The 32-year-old sprinted across four lanes of northbound traffic, hopped a median, crossed the express lanes, and ran up over the southbound lanes onto a grassy hill.

A number of drivers slam on their brakes and swerve to avoid striking the man, who somehow managed to cross the interstate without being struck or causing any collisions.

On the other side of freeway, the 32-year-old man discovered he had no way around or over a large retaining wall, and tried to hide in bushes along the side of the road. Although he was dressed entirely in camouflage clothing, officers Shane Burditt and Brian Whicker were able to find him and take him into custody. Police found the man was carrying a nine-inch knife and a small amount of suspected methamphetamine.

Back in the wooded area, officers recovered several high-end bicycles, including one stolen a week earlier in Greenlake.

Both the 23-year-old and 32-year-old were booked into the King County Jail for felony warrants.