January 31, 2013

Fleeing driver crashes into north Spokane home

By The Spokesman-Review

A man crashed his truck into someone’s home early this morning following what may have been an alcohol-fueled chase.

A Washington State Patrol trooper tried to stop the unidentified man for running a red light about 2:30 a.m. near Francis Avenue and Division Street, but the man took off, according to WSP spokesman Trooper Troy Briggs.

The chase ended in someone’s front yard at 4724 N. Lacey St., just north of Wellesley Avenue, where the driver crashed into the home. He also hit a vehicle in the intersection of Wellesley and Lacey, then a parked car and a tree.

After crashing into the house, the driver fled on foot and ran into another person’s home on Nelson Street.

The man suffered minor injuries and an unidentified female passenger suffered fairly serious but not life-threatening injuries, Briggs said. They were transported to a local hospital. There was damage to the home, but no other injuries were reported.

The man likely will be charged with felony attempt to elude, vehicular assault and burglary. His identity has not yet been released.

WSP is investigating. Authorities believe alcohol may have been a factor.

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