Man who fled up tree arrested after 9-hour standoff

Man who fled up tree arrested after 9-hour standoff »Play Video
The man is taken into custody after he climbed down from the tree, ending a nine-hour standoff.
TACOMA, Wash. -- A man who spent nearly nine hours up a tree after running from State Troopers was finally taken into custody Friday morning.

Trooper Guy Gill said the man surrendered just before 8 a.m. and climbed down from the limb where he'd spent the night more than 40 feet up the tree.

Medics were called to check the man for possible mild hypothermia since it was cold overnight, and he was expected to be booked into the Pierce County Jail.

Gill said the incident began when a trooper spotted the man speeding on State Route 16 at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, but the man sped off.

Troopers chased the car and the driver eventually stopped and climbed up the tree near the intersection of Yale Street and Del Monte Avenue.

The man used his belt to strap himself to the tree, and negotiators spent hours talking with him before he finally agreed to come down.

A woman who was in the car was taken to a hospital to be checked out, but it was not clear why she needed treatment. Another man who was a passenger in the vehicle was interviewed at the scene and released.