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Driver of stolen car crashes during chase

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

A police chase early Monday morning ended in a car crash and caused a back-up on Interstate 5 from South 304th Street to Fife.

A Federal Way Police officer was on routine patrol about 4 a.m. Monday when he spotted a man driving a Honda Accord that matched the description of a stolen vehicle, police officials said. The officer ran the license plate and confirmed it was the stolen car.

When the officer turned on his lights to stop the driver, a 29-year-old Federal Way man who was driving through a parking lot at an apartment complex, the driver sped away.

The chase left the city at the South 320th Street exit to I-5, where it continued until the driver of the Accord made an erratic lane change and lost control.

The car spun out on the left side of the freeway and rolled twice, landing on its wheels facing southbound in the median, according to state troopers.

The driver and a female passenger were injured in the crash and taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

State troopers closed the high-occupancy vehicle lane for several hours to investigate the crash. The lane was reopened about 7:30 a.m.

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