KALAMA, Wash.-- Two men were arrested Sunday after leading sheriff's deputies and police on a chase on -I5 near Kalama.
During a traffic patrol near Todd and Robb roads, a Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputy spotted a Blue Ford truck with no front license plate exit the freeway. The deputy tried to stop the driver of the truck, who got back on I-5, continuing north, reaching speeds in excess of 95 mph. As the truck approached the exit to Kalama River Road, police were able to deploy spike strips, and spike two tires. The driver still refused to stop.
The truck then crossed the freeway and turned onto the northbound offramp, driving north in the southbound lanes, nearly causing several collisions.
As the truck continued to flee, Sgt. Troy Brightbill was southbound on I-5, saw the truck approach, and sped up to intercept. The truck abruptly turned toward him to ram him. Sgt. Brightbill was able to avoid the collision.
Because the truck had slowed considerably from the spikes, Sgt. Brightbill was able to use the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), and disable the truck. The F-350 pick-up had been reported stolen Friday from Federal Way, Wash.
The driver, 30 year old Konstantin Voyevodin, and passenger, 24 year old Bozhko B. Valentinovich, both of Federal Way, were booked on charges of Felony Eluding, Assault 1, Possession of Stolen Property, VUCSA, and driving While Suspended.
Sgt. Brightbill was treated and released at St. John Hospital for minor injuries.