Vehicle fleeing from police strikes three parked cars before catching fire

March 15, 2013

By Staff

When an Issaquah Police officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction early March 15, the driver instead sped off, slammed into three parked cars and ultimately caught on fire.

At about 12:45 a.m., in the 1400 block of Northwest Sammamish Road, an officer signaled for the driver to pull over. The driver responded by turning the vehicle’s headlights off and accelerating eastbound.

An Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter inspects the scene after flames were extinguished on a burning vehicle in the predawn hours March 15, in the 4700 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. Photo by Jonathan Wiseman

The officer did not pursue the vehicle but checked the surrounding area. Upon investigation, three parked cars were found struck in the 4700 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and, according to a police department release, “the driver’s vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.”

The driver exited the vehicle through the driver’s side window and collapsed on the street. IPD officers pulled him away from the blaze while Eastside Fire & Rescue responded.

The driver, a 24-year-old Issaquah resident, was taken to Overlake Hospital, treated and listed in satisfactory condition. IPD credited the Washington State Patrol and the Bellevue Police Department with assistance in the incident.

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One Response to “Vehicle fleeing from police strikes three parked cars before catching fire”

  1. DRK on March 15th, 2013 10:42 am

    This happened right outside my third floor condo. My balcony provided a front row seat to the immediate aftermath of the initial collision. Saying the car was engulfed in flames is a bit of an understatement. This thing exploded. He didn’t just “strike” three cars. more like plowed into them at a very high rate of speed that ultimately wound up resembling a four car pile-up on a highway. All cars involved absolutely totaled. Twisted and mangled. The initial collisions shook my condo, and felt like an earthquake. No exageration

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