WSP trooper shoots fleeing driver near Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington State Patrol chase ended with a trooper shooting the fleeing driver in a potato field near Burlington.

Trooper Keith Leary says the wounded man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is expected to recover. No troopers were hurt.

Leary says a trooper attempted to pull over a speeding car about 1 a.m. Wednesday near Bellingham. The car sped away on a chase south on Interstate 5 and back roads. Leary says the driver took to dirt roads and ended up in the potato field where he was shot.

The Skagit County sheriff's office is investigating. Deputy Tom Molitor says as troopers approached the vehicle, actions by the driver caused one of the troopers to shoot. The 36-year-old Ferndale man is wounded in the head.