Man arrested after allegedly throwing concrete chunks at cars on I-5

EVERETT, Wash. — A man was arrested after throwing concrete chunks and pieces of wood at passing cars on an I-5 overpass near Everett, police say.

The incident happened around noon on Nov. 2. An officer responded to reports of a pedestrian throwing rocks at traffic near milepost 192.

Several drivers reported damage to their cars as a result of the rocks, documents say.

When the officer arrived, he saw two men standing on the on-ramp to southbound I-5 from Pacific Avenue. The officer determined which man was the one observed throwing rocks.

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While the officer was watching, he saw the suspect reach out to strike the other man, taking a “fighting stance,” courts documents say. Once the men saw the officer, the suspect began walking away.

The officer approached the suspect and after a brief communication, began handcuffing him and placed him in the back of the patrol car.

Additional units responded to assist the drivers of the damaged vehicles and to clean up the debris on I-5.

Documents state that the objects thrown by the man could have “easily killed or created substantial bodily harm” to the motorists. Objects thrown by the man included baseball-sized concrete chunks, large wood blocks, large ropes, a pipe and a trailer hitch, documents say.

Court documents allege that the “malicious behavior displayed at passing motorists yielded zero regard for their safety.” They also state one of the collisions caused by the objects caused property damage in excess of $5,000.

Seven vehicles were hit by objects, police say.

Police recommended charges of first-degree assault and first and second-degree malicious mischief.