Fatal hit-and-run leads to high-speed chase

SEATTLE — A man died after a hit-and-run on Seattle’s Aurora Avenue North that led to a high-speed chase across 30 miles of I-5 late Thursday.

Shortly before midnight, northbound drivers called 911 to report that the driver of a pickup had hit a man walking near North 46th Street and Aurora Avenue North.

Callers said the driver sped past them heading north and then they saw a person down in the road.

Seattle Fire medics arrived and declared the 55-year-old man dead at the scene.

As the driver fled north on Aurora, Seattle Police officers spotted him driving with no lights on. Police tried to pull the driver over, but he refused to stop and a chase began.

In Shoreline, the driver got onto southbound I-5 and Washington State Patrol took the lead on the pursuit.

When the driver neared South 272nd Street in Federal Way around 12:30 p.m., troopers were able to stop the pickup by using a pursuit intervention technique.

The 38-year-old driver was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide.

Police said the man was also suspected of driving under the influence.