Alert Monroe Police Officer nabs robbery suspects in stolen car January 27, 2017
The stolen car shown here crashed into a railroad signal box on Highway 2. Photo: Monroe Police. CLICK TO ENLARGE
This story originally ran January 26 as a Chronicle front page feature story
(MONROE, WA.) -- An alert Monroe police officer was responsible for the recovery of a stolen car Wednesday and eventually the apprehension of two suspects in a robbery caper.
The Monroe officer just happened to spot around 3 pm Wednesday what the officer thought was a stolen vehicle.
It was at a Shell gas station on the corner of U.S. Highway 2 and Lewis Street in Monroe.
The officer recognized the car as one that had been stolen recently in a robbery in Everett, according to a statement from Monroe Police.
The officer attempted a traffic stop but the car left the station heading eastbound on U.S. 2 at a high rate of speed and the chase was on.
"The vehicle continued to elude officers, at times entering the westbound lane going the wrong direction. said Debbie Willis, spokesperson for the Monroe Police Dept. "Officers terminated the pursuit just before the vehicle left the roadway to the right, striking a large Burlington Northern Railroad signal box located at the intersection of U.S. 2 and West Fern Bluff Road. "
But that didn't end things. The driver took off running from the scene while the passenger was taken into custody.
Officers were eventually able to catch up to the driver and he too was taken into custody. The driver was taken to the EvergreenHealth clinic in Monroe for treatment of minor injuries.
The two young men, ages 21 and 18, both of Gold Bar, Washington just east of Monroe about 10 miles were then transported to the Everett Police Department for questioning.
The stolen car was towed to the Monroe Police Department.