A shoplifting suspect ran across Interstate 5 near Lynnwood Wednesday morning, causing several traffic collisions before he was taken into custody.

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A fleeing shoplifting suspect ran across Interstate 5 near Lynnwood on Wednesday, causing several traffic accidents before he was arrested, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect was confronted by a security guard after he was caught shoplifting around 9:30 a.m. at the Wal-Mart on 164th Street Southwest, just east of I-5.

After a brief scuffle, the suspect ran west, jumped from an on-ramp onto I-5 and bolted across the north- and southbound lanes of the interstate, the sheriff’s office said.

An off-duty police officer in the area apprehended the suspect, the sheriff’s office said. A deputy suffered minor injuries during the incident.

The sheriff’s office said the traffic collisions were minor. No other details were immediately released.