A police pursuit ended in wreckage and injury after the driver of a vehicle, fleeing from a separate hit-and-run incident, crashed into traffic on North Monroe Street Thursday afternoon.
The driver, 38-year-old Allan C. Green, and his passengers were apparently involved in a hit-and-run crash in the area of North Maple Street and West Mansfield Avenue at about 11:50 a.m. due to reckless driving, wrote Officer Joshua Laiva, spokesman for the Spokane Police Department, in a news release. Laiva said the driver hit another occupied vehicle and then continued to drive recklessly as he fled the area.
While heading east on West Mansfield Avenue, Green apparently blew through the North Monroe Street intersection, striking three other vehicles. Ryan Wagnon, who was painting an apartment building on the corner of Mansfield and Monroe, was walking back from a gas station across the street when he saw the suspect’s car fly through the intersection.
“I saw the car coming through here and I heard, bam, bam,” he said. “It was pretty quick. I didn’t see much.”
Wagnon said that immediately after seeing the car he noticed a police vehicle in pursuit. He said an officer exited the vehicle, gun drawn, and approached the suspect’s car – a silver sedan that was heavily damaged on the front and side.
“It did look like something was going on with that silver car,” he said.
Laiva said Green and his passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital. After being released, Green will be booked into Spokane County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault, eluding police, and hit and run, Laiva said. Officers on scene said they suspected Green was under the influence of drugs.
Some occupants of the other vehicles also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said North Monroe Street was closed in both directions for several hours while they investigated.
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