One Dead After SW Washington Man Attempts to Flee a Traffic Stop
One Dead After SW Washington Man Attempts to Flee a Traffic Stop

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Jerald Pierce / The Seattle Times

A Vancouver, Washington, man has died after a collision with a driver who was attempting to flee a traffic stop, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the Vancouver Police Department attempted a traffic stop on a suspected impaired driver at around 1:42 a.m. Sunday. After failing to yield for several blocks, the driver accelerated away from the officer, VPD said. The officer did not continue attempts to stop the vehicle and continued at normal speeds, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The VPD officer then observed the car approaching a 4-way stop at 18th Street and Brandt Road at a high rate of speed.  VPD said the driver failed to stop and crashed into the driver’s side of a Honda Accord that had entered the intersection. The driver of the Honda, a 58-year-old Vancouver man, died at the scene.

The 39-year-old suspect,  also of Vancouver, was detained by VPD officers after he attempted to flee the collision on foot. He then was taken to the hospital because of  the severity of the collision, and officers determined he showed signs of impairment, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

After being cleared from the hospital, the man was booked into the Clark County Jail, on suspicion  of vehicular homicide, hit and run — death, DUI and other charges.