This crash in Monroe happened early Friday morning after police discontinued a high-speed chase. Both occupants were taken to a hospital. (Monroe Police Department)

This crash in Monroe happened early Friday morning after police discontinued a high-speed chase. Both occupants were taken to a hospital. (Monroe Police Department)

2 seriously injured in Monroe crash; DUI suspected

The driver hit a center lane divider and rolled his car. Police are investigating him for vehicular assault.

MONROE — A man, 36, is being investigated for DUI and vehicular assault after he crashed a car early Friday morning, seriously injuring himself and a passenger.

Shortly after midnight, a Monroe police sergeant saw someone driving a white two-door car, with the headlights off, spin out in a fast food parking lot, according to a news release.

The sergeant followed the car on North Kelsey Street. The driver reportedly straddled two lanes at a time, cutting back and forth.

The sergeant tried stopping the car near the intersection of Kelsey Street and Blueberry Lane. The suspect’s car reportedly spun out as he took a wide turn onto Blueberry.

The car exceeded 60 mph as it pulled away from the sergeant, according to the news release.

The sergeant terminated the pursuit. Near the intersection of 179th Avenue Southeast and 154th Street Southeast, the car struck a center lane divider.

“A large amount of sparks lit up the area and the vehicle went airborne, approximately 10 feet off the ground,” the news release said. “The vehicle spun, rolled, and ultimately came to rest on its roof near Hilding Drive and 154th Street S.E.”

The driver and a passenger, a 32-year-old man, were transported to EvergreenHealth Monroe. They are expected to survive.

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