Officers and medics responded to the scene, in the 17700 block of 116th Avenue SE in Renton, at about 5:05 p.m. after receiving a report of a serious collision, said Cmdr. Floyd Eldridge of the Renton police.
Arriving there, they found an abandoned Ford Fusion that had crashed into a Toyota RAV4 with a family of four inside. All four had sustained injuries.
Firefighters and medics extricated the occupants of the Toyota and treated them at the scene. They then were taken to Valley Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Meanwhile, police searched for the driver of the Ford Fusion, who witnesses said fled the scene on foot after the crash. With the aid of a police dog, he was found about a half-hour later several blocks away and placed under arrest. He was booked into King County jail.
A preliminary investigation found that the Toyota was heading south on 116th Avenue and the Ford Fusion was heading north. The Ford veered across the centerline and slammed into the Toyota, which had moved to the shoulder in an attempt to avoid the Ford as it came into their lane.