Pursuit ends in fiery collision with dump truck in Tulalip

The man was suspected of shoplifting. He allegedly fled from Marysville police in a stolen car.

TULALIP — A pursuit ended on the Tulalip Reservation on Wednesday, when a Castle Rock man crashed into a dump truck, resulting in severe damage to the car and causing it to catch fire.

The suspect, 19, was arrested for investigation of attempting to elude, possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and third-degree theft.

Marysville officers first responded to reports of shoplifting shortly before 10 a.m. at the Safeway on State Avenue — right next to the Marysville Police Department. The suspect reportedly left in an older gray Honda Accord that was reported by Mount Vernon police as stolen.

An officer found someone parking a gray Honda Accord about a mile down the road at Pilchuck Rental, also on State. The officer noted it appeared the driver, who matched a suspect description, was trying to hide the car behind a commercial truck.

The officer turned on his sirens and emergency lights. The driver reportedly fled, and police chased him.

The Honda accelerated and took a sharp turn onto 88th Street NE, nearly swerving into the other lane, according to a police report.

“I could tell the Honda was continuing to flee at a high rate of speed, due to the amount of acceleration I had to apply to my own patrol vehicle in order to keep up with the Honda as it quickly passed regular traffic,” the Marysville officer wrote.

The stretch of 88th Street is one of the busier routes in the city. The suspect allegedly weaved past vehicles, didn’t stop at intersections and drove over 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, officers reported.

The suspect reportedly skidded around another corner at the intersection of Quil Ceda Way and 27th Avenue NE, with black smoke coming off the tires. On the straightaways of 27th Avenue NE, the suspect allegedly went more than 100 mph, despite a 35 mph speed limit.

With increased speeds, a police sergeant ordered officers to end the pursuit. Police pulled over and turned off their lights and sirens, according to court papers. About 20 seconds later, the officers reported hearing a crash about a half-mile away.

According to witnesses, a dump truck was going through a yellow light at the intersection of 27th Avenue NE and Marine Drive NE when the Honda came around the corner at a high speed. The Honda apparently ran a red light and collided with the back of the dump truck. When officers arrived, the car had severe front-end damage and was engulfed in flames, and people were pulling the man out of the Honda. He was unconscious but breathing, according to police reports.

The man was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, then he was cleared to be booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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