Local briefly: Man fleeing cops hits car, hurts 4

LAKE STEVENS — Four people were hurt Thursday when a man fleeing police crashed into their car, officials said.

Lake Stevens police tried to stop a suspected stolen vehicle about 7 p.m. near Highway 204 and 91st Avenue NE, Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori said.

When the person driving the car saw police, he sped off, Celori said. The man apparently then crashed into another car near Highway 9 and Lundeen Parkway, injuring four people, two in their 70s and two in their 20s, he said. The people were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver who caused the crash ran away. Officers used a police dog to follow the man to a nearby home, where they recovered a second stolen vehicle and arrested two other men who were wanted on felony warrants.

The driver fled and police continue to look for him, Celori said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lake Stevens police at 425-334-9537.

Mount Vernon: 16-car crash closes I-5 north

MOUNT VERNON — A 16-vehicle pileup closed I-5 near the Skagit River for several hours Friday, police said.

A series of collisions, involving 14 cars and two semis, snarled northbound traffic about 11:30 a.m., Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said.

The mess, which sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries, was cleared by about 1 p.m., he said.

Traffic in Snohomish County was moving along without major problems Friday.

The Highway 529 bridge was closed for a brief time Friday morning after heavy frost on the road caused several spin-outs.

Police recommend using caution driving this weekend.

Herald staff

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