Suspected drunken driver killed fleeing police

by: Monique Ming Laven Updated:

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INDEX, Wash. —

A 55-year-old Edmonds man tried to avoid arrest for drunken driving and wound up dead.

Along the way, he also injured an 86-year-old driver and two Snohomish County sheriff's deputies.

Aaron Snell from Snohomish Multi-Agency Response Team said callers first reported who they believed to be a drunken driver in the Sultan area at about 5 p.m. Monday. 

Officers responded, but didn't find a truck that matched that description until 90 minutes later. 

Two deputies in two separate squad cars pulled the driver over and the man got out for a field sobriety test.  The exact details of what happened next are under investigation, but Snell said the suspect got back into his vehicle and sped away.

SEE PHOTOS OF THE CRASH HERE.

The two squad cars pursued him eastbound on Highway 2 for about six miles.  They did not know an 86-year-old man from Edmonds, Edward McKnight, was coming in the other direction in his white truck.  The suspect crossed the center lane and hit the white truck head on, and then spun around and hit a guardrail.  One squad car hit the suspect, then the other squad car slammed into both vehicles. 

The suspect driver died at the scene.

The two deputies, Joe Vega and Dave Casey, were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. They have since been released.

It was the same outcome for McKnight, the innocent driver in the white truck Monday night.  The truck looked like a giant accordion in the middle of the highway, surrounded by a puddle of broken glass, but police said McKnight also had non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators said they are hoping to hear from anyone who may have seen the pursuit.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the pursuit is asked to call Detective Whitman at 360-654-1143.