Driver leads cops on chase after ramming Auburn officer's motorcycle

The suspect's stolen vehicle wound up in the median of Highway 18 after he was stopped by Auburn police. (Wash. State Patrol photo)

AUBURN, Wash. - A driver who sped away from an accident scene in a stolen car and crashed into an officer's motorcycle is now under arrest after leading police on a chase down Highway 18, officials said.

An Auburn police spokesperson said the incident began at about 6:25 a.m. Wednesday as officers responded to a two-vehicle crash in the 5500 block of Auburn Way South.

Before police arrived at the scene, one of the drivers in the crash was reported to be passed out behind the wheel.

When officers arrived, they attempted to contact the driver who reportedly had been passed out. That driver then sped away from the scene, ramming an officer's motorcycle as he did so. The officer was not on the motorcycle at the time, and it appears that no officers were hit.

Police pursued the fleeing vehicle and attempted to stop the suspect with a pivoting PIT maneuver in the 600 block of Auburn Way South, but the effort was unsuccessful.

The chase continued and eventually ended up on eastbound Highway 18.

One of the pursuing patrol cars tried another PIT maneuver and successfully stopped the fleeing driver near the Auburn-Black Diamond Road interchange.

The driver, a 34-year-old man, was handcuffed and placed under arrest. He was then taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of injuries before being booked into jail.

Police said he was the only occupant of the fleeing vehicle, which turned out to be stolen.

It wasn't immediately known if the suspect was impaired.

The condition of the other driver at the original crash scene wasn't available.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the second crash on Highway 18.

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