The driver of a northbound motor home led police on a 40-mile chase from La Center to the Toutle rest stop Monday night, driving all that distance without lights on, according to the Washington State Police.
The woman then ran into freeway traffic after stopping the vehicle.
Troopers said the motor home varied its speed between 86 and 44 mph and moved across all three lanes. Although Interstate 5 traffic was light, the vehicle struck a Ford Bronco in the Kelso area and didn't slow down, troopers said. The other driver was uninjured.
With assistance from Cowlitz County sheriff's deputies and Kelso and Castle Rock police, the motor home was finally brought to a stop three miles after spike strips deflated a tire, troopers said. The driver and only occupant, Amy Renee Mason, jumped out and ran into the freeway toward oncoming traffic, with Trooper Marcus Hoggatt screaming for her to stop, troopers said.
Mason, who was uninjured, was caught after a short foot chase. Troopers said she told them she was trying to get away from people who were chasing her, but she didn't know who they were. She said she didn't realize she hit another vehicle.
She was booked on suspicion of felony eluding, hit and run, reckless driving and driving without a valid license. Bail: $15,000.