Woman in custody jumps out of moving Clark Co patrol car

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All lanes of southbound I-5 near 199th Street have reopened

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman in custody jumped out of the window of a moving patrol car on Monday afternoon, causing a massive backup on I-5 near Ridgefield.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said the woman — identified on Tuesday as 45-year-old Sara Gottwig-Carr — sustained serious injuries and was taken to a hospital just after 12 pm. She was in custody for assault IV domestic violence and interfering with a 911 call. She was able to unbuckle her seat belt and jump out of the patrol car window while the car was moving at freeway speeds.

All lanes of southbound I-5 near 199th Street reopened around 4 pm. However, traffic was still backed up. Washington State Patrol said the backup was about a seven miles long.

Commuters are urged to avoid the area if possible.

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The Southwest Regional Independent Investigation Team will be conducting an investigation into the incident. The deputy who was driving the patrol car was placed on critical incident leave.

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