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Bellevue, Washington – Patrol Car Rear-Ended During Chase

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Posted on December 12, 2019

Bellevue, Washington (December 11, 2019) – A chase occurred in the Bellevue area involved one collision when the woman being pursued rear-ended a patrol car. Fortunately, no troopers were injured in the incident. The suspect was found to have undisclosed injuries, and it was also not reported if her injuries came from the collision. Medics from the Bellevue Fire Department took her to a hospital for treatment of her injuries around 2 a.m. The incident also damaged two patrol vehicles and the suspect’s vehicle.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the incident started when troopers pulled over a woman for speeding and erratic driving on southbound Interstate 5. While troopers were talking with her, she pulled away and fled. She was chased into Bellevue Way and rear-ended a patrol vehicle there, and eventually got out of her vehicle to swing a metal pipe at the troopers, but was eventually taken into custody.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this particular incident contains a criminal element, car accidents of common cause can be just as dangerous. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. Of the types of car accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two cars are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. While only 2% of car accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10% of car-accident related injuries. These injuries are quite dangerous as most of them are head, spine or neck-related, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and whiplash. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. When in a location where hazards such as poor illumination, rough roads or construction materials are present, be especially cautious. By doing this, we can ensure our safety as well as the safety of others in the nearby area.