Sheriff's Office: Woman runs from deputies, hit on Interstate 5

Sarah Christiansen was reportedly not injured from the crash

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A woman who ran from law enforcement across Interstate 5 early Tuesday morning was not injured when she was struck by a vehicle, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident started about 4:40 a.m., when deputies spotted the woman, later identified as Sarah K. Christiansen, 25, riding a bike in the 7200 block of Northeast Highway 99 without any reflective gear, Sgt. Fred Neiman said.

Concerned for the woman’s safety and other vehicular traffic, Neiman said the deputy turned on his lights to stop her.

Christiansen took off and the deputy lost her when she ducked into the Taco Bell parking lot. Neiman said that Christiansen apparently dropped the bike and jumped a concrete barrier. She then ran across the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 5 before being struck by a vehicle traveling south, he said.

“She got back up, and then ran eastbound again back across the northbound lanes,” Neiman said.

Deputies finally caught up with Christiansen at the AAMCO parking lot, where they detained her.

She was not injured and refused medical treatment, Neiman said. Christiansen, who had no listed address, had a Department of Corrections warrant out for her arrest, Neiman said. She was booked into the jail on the warrant and for suspicion of failing to stop and give information to police.