Vehicle fleeing from police crashes, burns

March 19, 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.

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

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

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, where he remained March 18. IPD credited the Washington State Patrol and the Bellevue Police Department with assistance in the incident.

According to Issaquah Police Public Information Officer Stan Conrad, police are still waiting on toxicology reports to determine whether the driver was under any substance that might have contributed to the crash.

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