Felony suspect ran red light in Yakima, hit driver while trying to evade DUI charge

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YAKIMA, Wash. — Several victims escaped from a car crash without injuries when a man who was allegedly under the influence ran a red light and hit their car while speeding to avoid an arrest for felony warrants.

According to the Yakima Police Department, an officer tried stopping a vehicle for traffic violations near 1st Ave and I St in Yakima around 11:53 p.m. on August 9. As the officer activated the emergency lights and sirens on their patrol vehicle, the suspect allegedly sped away at high speed in an attempt to elude the officer.

In an attempt to protect community members on the roadway, a YPD supervisor advised that they suspend the pursuit. As the patrol car stopped pursuing, the suspect vehicle allegedly accelerated on W Lincoln Ave—still driving too fast for current road conditions.

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The suspect approached a red light on 16th Ave, but instead of stopping, they allegedly maintained their speed and drove through the intersection. That’s when the car struck another vehicle in the roadway and came to a rest.

Yakima police officers made contact with a 30-year-old male driver at the scene who appeared to be intoxicated. There was a female passenger in the car who suffered a leg injury in the collision. She was transported to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment, and no further details on her condition were announced by the police.

There were several people inside the vehicle that was struck. They were all checked by medics at the scene, who determined that none of these victims suffered significant injuries upon impact.

Yakima police say that the suspect also has several outstanding felony warrants out for his arrest prior to the crash. He faces additional charges for driving under the influence and attempting to elude a police vehicle.

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