Suspected car thieves busted leading police on 100 mph chase on Swinomish Reservation


SWINOMISH, Wash. -- Two suspected car thieves have been arrested following a high speed chase and crash near Anacortes Thursday afternoon.

A witness called 911 reporting a theft in progress near the Shelter Bay Marina, then seeing the two thieves jump into a Volvo SUV and speed away. Two Swinomish Indian Tribal Community officers spotted the SUV and tried to pull it over, but the SUV continued on its run, a department spokesperson said.

Speeds reached nearly 100 mph along Reservation Road until the SUV turned onto Highway 20 East. About a minute later, the SUV smashed into a Chevy Tahoe, causing it to go off the road and crash. The Volvo came to rest in the median, where the two suspected thieves jumped out and tried to run. They didn't get far, and were quickly captured by the Swinomish officers. One person in the Tahoe was treated for their injury, officials said.

Both suspects have been booked into the Skagit County Jail on a variety of charges. Officers have since found out the Volvo was stolen out of Kirkland.

"We thank our officers for their quick response and successful pursuit of the suspects in this incident," Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe, said in a statement announcing the crash. "And we send our prayers for a speedy recovery by the innocent motorist who was hurt."

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