Driver fleeing from cops barely escapes vehicle after fiery crash

ISSAQUAH, Wash. - A driver who fled from police at high speed during a routine traffic stop early Friday ended up crashing into parked cars not far away and barely escaping from the vehicle as it burst into flames, police said.

The incident began at about 12:45 a.m. Friday when an Issaquah police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a minor traffic infraction in the 1400 block of NW Sammamish Road.

The driver failed to stop, turned his headlights off and sped off to the east at high speed. The officer terminated the traffic stop and did not pursue the vehicle.

Later, after checking the surrounding area, the officer found the fleeing vehicle had slammed into three parked cars in the 4700 block of W. Lake Sammamish Parkway SE, and the driver's vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.

The driver was able to exit the vehicle through the driver's side window, and then collapsed. Two Issaquah officers then pulled him away from the burning vehicle.

Eastside Fire and Rescue crews responded and extinguished the fire.

The driver, a 24-year-old Issaquah man, was taken to Overlake Hospital, where he was listed in satisfactory condition.

This incident remains under investigation.