Yelm Police Chase Ends with Crash near Vail Road
YELM, WA (October 5, 2020) – Tuesday afternoon, two people suffered injuries in a police pursuit crash near Vail Road, the Yelm police revealed.
Assistant Chief Rob Carlson said that Yelm Police officers responded just before 1:45 p.m. They came to the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell on the 1300 block of East Yelm Avenue,.
Initially, an employee reported that customers paid a counterfeit $20 bill before fleeing off in a Chevy Silverado with a temporary license plate.
When the officers arrived, they located the pickup on Yelm Avenue. However, the driver didn’t stop when they administered a traffic stop. As a result, the police pursuit began.
The pickup driver turned east onto Highway 507 from Old McKenna Road Southeast. Meanwhile, A Yelm Police detective in an unmarked car drove a couple of cars ahead of the suspect. After seeing what happened, the detective activated the vehicle’s lights.
The suspect then attempted to pass the detective by using the westbound lane. However, he lost control of the truck and crashed with another pickup that was driving west near Vail Road Southeast.
Carlson confirmed that three people occupied the truck’s can. Meanwhile, a 59-year-old Seattle woman was riding in the truck bed.
Responders transported the 28-year-old Tacoma male driver of the truck. Also, they transported a 33-year-old Yelm woman who rode in the cab’s middle seat. Both of them were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia with injuries.
The Aftermath of the Crash near Vail Road
Afterward, the authorities booked the driver into Thurston County jail on suspicion of eluding. He was also facing three counts of reckless endangerment and a warrant out of Yelm.
Carlson revealed that the truck was stolen. Furthermore, a 48-year-old Renton man who sat in the cab was arrested on suspicion of possession of the stolen property. According to other occupants, he originally drove the stolen truck to them.
Due to the incident, a part of Highway 507 between Walmart and Vail Road was unavailable for over an hour.
The Washington State Patrol investigates the crash.
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