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.
Ridgefield – SB I5/199th St – WSP is assisting @ClarkCoSheriff w/an incident. The right lane is BLOCKED! Traffic is stacked to @ilaniresort! For those interested…that’s about 6 miles! Expect delays/delay travel! https://t.co/bFuascXljt— Trooper Will Finn (@wspd5pio) March 29, 2021
Commuters are urged to avoid the area if possible.
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.