WSP: 3 hurt in crash caused by suspected drunk driver fleeing from trooper

WSDOT image shows a car that crashed off a SR-410 to SR-167 off ramp in Sumner

SUMNER, Wash. -- Three people were injured in a crash as a suspected drunk driver tried to race away from a trooper, the Washington State Patrol said.

A trooper was parked in the westbound lanes of SR-410 conducting speed enforcement when a Toyota whizzed by at 75 mph.

The trooper turned on his lights to pull the driver over, but the driver instead sped up to around 100 mph, according to Trooper Brooke Bova.

The Toyota tried to take the offramp to North SR-167 but lost control and flew 100 feet off the road, landing 20 feet down an embankment.

Medics rushed to the scene to find two young men and a teen girl injured inside.

The 21-year-old man driving the car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, while his 16-year-old female and 22-year-old male passengers were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma. Bova didn't have their exact conditions, but said some of the injuries were serious, adding troopers at the scene told her they were amazed the three survived the crash.

Further investigation lead troopers to believe the driver was driving under the influence and will likely face charges of DUI and vehicular assault, Bova said.

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