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Seattle, Washington – Officer Sustains Minor Injury After Suspects Rams Vehicle and Drives Away

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Posted on August 8, 2019

Seattle, Washington(August 6, 2019) – One officer sustained a minor hand injury in an incident where a suspect led a chase in the vicinity of North Seattle on Tuesday afternoon. During the chase the suspect rammed several police vehicles and collided with a motorcyclist on North 125th Street. Fortunately, the motorcyclist was uninjured in the collision. The suspect was eventually caught.

The incident started around 1:30 p.m. when police received a report of a robbery. When officers arrived, they approached the suspect on foot, who then rammed the officers’ vehicle several times before speeding away. Officers were able to pin the suspect’s car near 125th Street and Denmore Street, ending the chase. The suspect was booked into King County Jail.

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 accidents 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.