Officer says he might have run over speeding driver in Mill Creek

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MILL CREEK, Wash. - A Mill Creek police officer says he might have run over a driver he was pursuing after the person left the roadway, crashed and was found lying in the street.

The officer caught the driver speeding on a radar around 11 p.m. Saturday and tried to pull him over, Shari Ireton with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said.

The officer says he lost sight of the vehicle when it rounded a corner near the 1800 block of Village Green Driver.

He says he then struck something in the roadway, stopped and observed that the vehicle he had been pursuing had left the roadway and crashed, Ireton said.

The officer then saw a person he believed to be the driver he was pursuing lying in the roadway.

The driver was likely thrown from his vehicle and landed in the roadway, Ireton said. Responding officers tried tor revive the driver but failed. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Markings on the road indicate the driver went right between a pole and a tree before hitting another tree nearby.

The Sheriff's Office says they don't believe there were any eyewitnesses to the crash, but at least one neighbor says he heard the crash.

He described the sound of the impact as something similar to gunfire.

"We were just about ready to fall asleep and all of a sudden, 'boom,'" Beb Pentz, a nearby resident, said.

Pentz says he looked out to see red and blue police lights surrounding the aftermath of the crash.

"We heard this big loud noise and then instant sirens," Pentz said. "It disheartening. Especially in our quiet community that we don't see this as the norm."

Th Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office is working to determine the driver's official cause of death.

The Mill Creek officer is in his 40s and has been with the department for over a year and in law enforcement for more than 10 years, Ireton said.

The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team is investigating.

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