Two men critically injured in police chase, crash


FIFE, Wash. - Two men are in critical condition after they were ejected from their vehicle during a police chase on Interstate 5 near Fife.


According to Auburn police Commander Mike Hirman, officers received a report of an auto theft in progress just before midnight Monday.


Moments later, the stolen vehicle passed an Auburn police officer at Highway 18.  The officers followed the vehicle onto I-5, waited for backup officers and turned their lights on in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the  vehicle accelerated.


The driver lost control, rolled over and crashed near Fife.

The driver and passenger in the stolen vehicle were ejected.  They were transported to an area hospital in critical condition.


One other vehicle nearby was damaged by flying debris from the crash.


No officers were injured in the incident. 


The crash shut down the southbound lanes of I-5 for more than an hour.