Witnesses to fatal pursuit sought

INDEX — A driver who crashed and died while fleeing from police along U.S. 2 near Index on Monday night reportedly drove off the road in Monroe about 90 minutes earlier.

People had stopped to help the man and called 911 about 5 p.m. when he drove off, apparently drunk, according to new information released by police on Thursday.

Two Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies caught up with the man and pulled him over at 6:30 p.m. near Gold Bar. He gave them his identification and again drove off, leading to the pursuit.

The driver, Eric John Breum, 55, of Skykomish, then crossed the center line and struck another vehicle, causing a pile-up. He died at the scene. No other serious injuries were reported.

Detectives are urging any potential witnesses to come forward, including anyone who was on U.S. 2 east of Sultan about 6:30 p.m. Monday, said Aaron Snell, a spokesman for the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, which is investigating.

Police now also say that about 90 minutes before the crash, Breum was approached by passersby because his pickup was found off the roadway near 153rd Street in Monroe.

“Residents approached and offered the suspect help,” Snell said. “He declined and drove away after getting his pickup back onto the roadway. The suspect appeared intoxicated, and residents called 911.”

It took awhile for deputies to locate the man and attempt to pull him over. The pursuit speeds have not yet been confirmed, Snell said Thursday.

Breum had seven prior DUI convictions and had spent time in state prison as a repeated DUI offender. He also had an alcohol-related crash on U.S. 2 in 2008.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Turkey talk: Kindergartners explain the Thanksgiving holiday

Our annual pilgrimage led us this year to Pathfinder Kindergarten Center in Everett.

Police locate suspect in Snohomish River after he fled

They used a thermal-imaging camera to locate the man in the water near Dagmars Marina.

Electrical fire on roof of Marysville school extinguished

There was no apparent structural damage to Cascade Elementary School.

As police closed in, 2 heavily armed pot-shop robbers fled

Cops surrounded the place in Mountlake Terrace. The suspects were tracked by dogs and apprehended nearby.

Hiker rescued on Boulder River trail after 15-foot fall

She was reported to have possible leg and rib fractures.

Alleged philanderer attacked with hammer near Everett

His girlfriend had accused him of cheating and allegedly called on another man to confront him.

State waging war with tenacious ivy, an invasive ‘bully’

The public is being asked to help with a study by collecting and sending in samples.

Front Porch

EVENTS Holiday lights parade in Monroe Monroe will host a Holiday Lights… Continue reading

Most Read