One of the most controversial police tactics is the high-speed chase. Opponents of the tactic say that high speed chases endanger other motorists and do not increase the number of arrests. Police supporters argue that such chases are a necessary arrow in the policeman’s law enforcement quiver. Opponents of high-speed chases received some support for their position when a high-speed police chase resulted in a wrong-way collision and five injured people near Snoqualmie.
Snoqualmie police officers received a call about 6:15 p.m describing an attempted kidnapping in progress in the parking lot at the North Bend malls. One witness described a woman who was standing near a white van and shouting that she did not “want to get into this vehicle.” As officers were racing to the scene, a wildlife officer spotted a white van being driven erratically. The officer said that the van was repeatedly changing lanes and occasionally using the wrong lane.
Another officer heard the call and joined the wildlife officer in pursuing the van. The van eventually entered I-90 heading west in the east bound lanes. The van struck an east-bound sedan in a head-on collision. A woman riding in the van was critically injured, and one of the passengers in the sedan suffered a head injury. No other injury details were available. Police revealed that the driver of the van had outstanding warrants for his arrest, but no details were released.
The driver of the van appears to be the most likely candidate for assessing liability, but a definitive determination of liability will need to await the completion of the police investigation. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a multi-vehicle accident may wish to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.