Pickup driver held after near-ramming, crash near Monroe

He was allegedly speeding away from a domestic violence incident when he hit another vehicle.

MONROE — A driver who was speeding away from a domestic violence incident near Monroe on Thursday reportedly collided with another vehicle, seriously injuring a young man.

He also nearly rammed a patrol car head-on.

Police believe the Snohomish County man was under the influence, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. He was arrested Thursday just hours after his 35th birthday.

A deputy received a call for help regarding domestic violence after midnight. He was waiting east of Wagner Lake for another deputy to arrive as backup when a Dodge pickup sped down the road. It narrowly missed his vehicle, Ireton said. The driver reportedly didn’t slow down.

The deputy lost sight of the truck, but followed in the same direction along Ingraham Road. He caught a glimpse of taillights as the truck turned east on to 132nd Street SE. As he reached the intersection with Wagner Road, he saw the truck had crashed, Ireton said.

The deputy was talking with the driver when a person living nearby interrupted. The neighbor said another vehicle had been struck about 200 feet down the road.

A 20-year-old man was inside that vehicle. He’d suffered a fractured sternum, Ireton said. He was taken to a local hospital.

The driver was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault, a felony.

Caitlin Tompkins: 425-339-3192; ctompkins@heraldnet.com.

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