Police: 2 injured in grisly high-speed crash after driver evades cops

The mangled remains of the BMW are seen wedged between a tree and a fence after the crash. (Grant Co. Sheriff's Office photo)

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A man who led police on a high-speed chase early Saturday was injured and his female passenger is in critical condition after their car crashed and rolled multiple times near Moses Lake.

The drama began at about 4 a.m. when a Grant County sheriff's deputy spotted a 2006 BMW being driven by a 29-year-old Moses Lake man who was a suspect in a recent incident, sheriff's officials said.

The BMW ran the stop sign at Maple Drive and Stratford Road. When the deputy attempted to stop the car, the suspect took off north on Stratford Road at high speed. At that point, the deputy broke off the pursuit.

A short time later, Moses Lake police saw the BMW near Road 7-Northeast and Road M-Northeast a few miles north of Moses Lake.

The suspect again took off at high speed and police tried to stop him. The officers pursued the vehicle for a short time, but ended the chase after the suspect began driving recklessly and shut off the BMW's headlights, officials said.

The suspect continued heading south on Road N-Northeast at high speed. As he approached Road 3-Northeast, he lost control and the car went airborne, then slid until it crashed and rolled multiple times.

Firefighters responded to the scene and rescued the suspect and his female passenger from the mangled remains of the wrecked car. The suspect sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The woman suffered severe head injuries.

Both were taken to a Spokane hospital. The suspect is listed in stable condition and the woman is listed in critical condtion.

Excessive speed, alcohol and drugs are believed to be factors in the crash. Charges are pending against the driver.

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