• Driver reported to be passed out in car hits police motorcycle as chase begins


    AUBURN, Wash. - Auburn police say a driver who was reported to be passed out behind the wheel hit an officer’s motorcycle as he fled after a crash on Wednesday.

    Officers were called to a two-car crash in the 5500 block of Auburn Way South at 6:30 a.m. Before police arrived, it was reported that one of the drivers involved in the crash was passed out.

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    When officers arrived, they tried to talk to the driver, but he fled, hitting an Auburn police motorcycle.

    Officers began a pursuit and tried to use a PIT maneuver in the 600 block of Auburn Way South, but it was unsuccessful and the driver continued to flee eastbound on Highway 18.

    When the driver was just west of the Auburn Black Diamond exit, officers again did a PIT maneuver.  The car hit a median and rolled over for about 300 yards.

    The suspect then got out of the car and tried to run away, but collapsed.  The 34-year-old man was taken into custody and transported to Harborview for treatment of injuries.

    The car he was driving was found to be an unreported stolen vehicle.

    No one else was hurt.

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