5 injured after car runs stop sign, slams into Seattle police cruiser
SEATTLE - Two people were seriously injured and three others sustained minor injuries when a Mazda ran a stop sign early Friday and crashed into a Seattle officer's patrol car in the Georgetown area, police said. The driver of the Mazda showed signs of impairment and was arrested, police said
The crash happened at about 1:30 a.m. at 6th Avenue South and South Lucille Street, said Detective Mark Jamieson of the Seattle police.
Medics and more officers responded to the scene and found four people in the Mazda - two 21-year-old women, a 22-year-old man and a 26-year-old man. One of four suffered life-threatening injuries and another was in serious condition. Both were rushed to Harborview Medical Center.
The driver, a 21-year-old woman, and the other occupant of the Mazda sustained minor injuries and were taken to Harborview to be checked out as a precaution. The 38-year-old officer in the patrol car also sustained minor injuries and was taken to Harborview as well.
A preliminary investigation found that the police car was heading east on Lucille Street as the Mazda was heading north on 6th Avenue when the Mazda ran a stop sign and crashed into the patrol car.
A drug recognition officer responded to the scene and determined that the driver of the Mazda showed signs of impairment, Jamieson said. She was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault after her release from the hospital.
Streets were closed at the scene after the crash but have since reopened.