One person died in a car accident while he was fleeing police near Moses Lake, according to news reports.
The 40-year-old man from Warden, Wash., was killed in the crash that began when Washington State Patrol troopers tried to stop him for a seatbelt violation. When troopers smelled marijuana in his vehicle and tried to arrest him on suspicion of possessing drugs, the man sped off. As he was traveling at high speeds, he was chased by a trooper and Grant County deputies.
He drove along the wet roads near Moses Lake when his car lost traction and slid off the roadway at an intersection, crashing into a concrete irrigation structure.
Officers and an aid crew at the scene performed CPR on the man, but he died at the scene. The bag full of drugs was reportedly found in his mouth.
As a Tacoma personal injury lawyer, I’m saddened to hear about this fatal high speed chase. My condolences go out to this man’s family and friends who are affected by this tragic incident. I urge drivers to never flee police, as it always makes the situation worse. High-speed car chases are extremely dangerous because other innocent victims on the road could be involved and dangerous car accidents like this one could occur. Anyone who sees a high-speed chase should try to move away from the vehicle and not get involved by trying to help police.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Tacoma.