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Fircrest, Washington – Chase Ends in Rollover Crash at Emerson Street and South Orchard Street

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Posted on December 12, 2019

Fircrest, Washington (December 8, 2019) – A chase involving a burglary suspect ended in a rollover crash down an embankment at the intersection of Emerson Street and South Orchard Avenue on early Sunday morning. Responding deputies on scene pulled the suspect out of the vehicle, and the suspect was later taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The incident started after 4:30 a.m. when deputies responded to an alarm at a liquor store on 19th Street West. Officers found a suspicious vehicle leave the parking lot and gave chase, which ended when the suspect struck an embankment. This caused his vehicle to be launched into the air and land on its top side in a dirt lot. The suspect has been booked into jail on suspicion of attempted burglary and felony eluding.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this particular incident contains a criminal element, it is important to note that accidents of other causes can also result in damage or injuries.. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.