According to Julie Judson, Washington State Patrol Public Info Officer, the Issaquah Police Department had been attempting to stop a vehicle earlier that night and Washington State Patrol officers responded to that vehicle after it was in a collision on eastbound I-90 near milepost 27.
The female driver fled the vehicle on foot, which coincides with drivers reporting seeing officers shining flashlights into the woods. The female was located and taken into custody. She was transported to the hospital for evaluation, as officers noted that she was distressed and combative.
It’s important to remember how often multiple, different police departments work in tandem on cases and incidents. The vehicle was located on I-90, which is the Washington State Patrol’s jurisdiction. The vehicle’s driver fled, which can then put a suspect in local city or county police jurisdiction.
In this case, the state patrol was notified by the Snoqualmie Police Department of the incident, but it began all the way in the Issaquah Police Department’s jurisdiction.
It’s a good example of how police (as well as fire and aid) departments work together – and how much communication goes on behind-the-scenes before residents ever notice multiple police, fire, and aid cars at a freeway incident scene.