Driver flees after SUV slams into convenience store near Redmond

Near REDMOND, Wash. — An SUV slammed through a convenience store near Redmond overnight, leaving a swath of damage behind.

PHOTOS: Car punches through Redmond convenience store

The King County Sheriff’s Office said that just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, a Porsche Cayenne heading eastbound on Redmond-Fall City Road Northeast struck a light pole and several gas pump barriers before crashing into a Shell gas station convenience store near 244th Avenue Northeast.

The owners said deputies told them they believe the SUV may have been traveling at about 80 mph when it lost control and hit the store, as the driver was trying to elude a deputy who was watching for speeders.

KIRO 7 News video of the damage showed that the SUV appeared to have traveled all the way to the back of the store.

Police said the driver ran from the scene, leaving his two passengers behind.

A female passenger had minor injuries and was taken to Overlake Hospital.

A second passenger remained at the scene but was intoxicated and kept running into the street, according to officers. He was arrested on a charge unrelated to the hit-and-run.

The SUV has since been pulled out of the store front, leaving significant damage behind, including many broken bottles of wine.

Firefighters had to shore up part of the building.

Deputies are looking for the driver.

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