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Mountlake Terrace, Washington – Police Officers’s Cars Rammed by Suspect

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Posted on July 2, 2019

Mountlake Terrace, Washington (July 1, 2019) – The vehicles of police officers from Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace were rammed by a suspect on Lakeview drive on early Monday morning. Fortunately, none of the officers were reported to be injured in the crash. Detectives are now working to find out the suspect, who fled after the crash.

The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. near Andorra Apartments on Lakeview Drive, which is on the 22817 block of the road. Th e officers involved had pulled over the suspect, who had arrest warrants. When the Mountlake Terrace officer approached the vehicle, the suspect backed up, almost hitting the officer. The suspect did however collide with one of the police cars, which also pushed it into the Edmonds police officer’s vehicle. The suspect then fled, going through 205th Street and heading south on the Interstate 5. Police initiated a chase, but had to terminate it for safety. According to the Mountlake Terrace Police Chief, the officers knew who the suspect is.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this particular collision seem to be an intentional act, car collisions of accidental causes can be just as, or even more 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.