Olympia, Washington - Police Car Swiped by Suspect's Car During Chase
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Olympia, Washington – Police Car Swiped by Suspect’s Car During Chase

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Posted on May 22, 2019

Olympia, Washington (May 20, 2019) – A police vehicle was clipped by a suspects’d vehicle during a chase that took place in Thurton County. Neither the police officer nor the suspect was reported to have been injured in the incident. The suspect was later apprehended.

The incident began when a police officer went to get gas at the 9100 block of Pacific Avenue Southeast. The officer than ran a check on the license plate of one of the vehicles parked nearby and found that the driver was wanted. While the police officer was approaching, the suspect fled. Both vehicles were briefly stuck behind traffic on a roundabout, but once traffic moved the suspect clipped in front of the officer’s car. The suspect fled to a home on 2300 block of Huntington Loop Southeast, where she was finally taken into custody.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this accident is brought about by a criminal element, we would also like to say a few reminders abou vehicle safety. 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.