By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EVERETT — Police in Everett are investigating the circumstances of three separate weekend crashes that endangered the lives of the drivers and others.
Two of the drivers were arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail.
In a case Saturday morning, 911 callers reported a black Jeep with a flat tire being driven erratically on Evergreen Way and on Highway 526. The calls came in as reports of possible drunken driving, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said.
A police officer who was in the area on an unrelated call saw the Jeep, which was creating sparks from the flat tire. The Jeep hit a jersey barrier and another car at the on-ramp to Highway 526 and Airport Road. The driver of the Jeep was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. His age and hometown were not available Monday.
In a separate case late Sunday night, a man who was stopped for speeding in the 1100 block of 75th Street SW allegedly gave officers a false name before deciding to drive off.
One of his two passengers reportedly reached over and shifted the moving Ford F-250 pickup truck from drive to park, Snell said. At that point, both passengers hopped out of the truck. After the sudden stop, the truck experienced transmission problems, but the driver was able to get it moving again.
After turning around in a parking lot, he got back onto 75th Street and the truck allegedly crossed the center line, careened off a tree and veered toward the passengers, Snell said. The pickup later ended up on Highway 526 and lost steam in the 9900 block of Airport Road.
“I think it came to a lurching, sputtering stop,” Snell said.
The man, 20 of Seattle, was arrested for investigation of two counts of assault and attempting to elude police. He also was wanted on a burglary warrant out of King County. He apparently had borrowed the pickup from a friend.
In the third case, a driver in a Ford Mustang sped past an Everett officer on 41st Street before heading southbound on I-5 about 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Police did not pursue the speeding car because of safety concerns. Under most circumstances, department policies restrict officers from engaging in pursuits.
The red Mustang later was spotted speeding on E. Casino Road where it clipped a truck pulling out of a driveway, Snell said.
The car then nearly hit a pedestrian, went over a sidewalk and got stuck in a planter, according to police reports.
The driver, a 19-year-old Everett man, was removed from the car and taken to a hospital before being booked into jail. He was arrested for investigation of possessing a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, making a false statement and hit and run. The Mustang had been reported missing from Arlington.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, firstname.lastname@example.org.