Driver fleeing Edmonds police ends up in ravine near Premera

Police at the scene after the vehicle ends up in the ravine. (Photo courtesy Edmonds PD)
Police at the scene after the vehicle ends up in the ravine. (Photo by Seth Dormaier)

A 20-year-old woman fleeing Edmonds police lost control of the vehicle she was driving and ended up in a water-filled ravine near Premera Blue Cross in Mountlake Terrace New Year’s morning.

According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Josh McClure, the woman — with ties to Tacoma — wasn’t obviously injured but was taken to Swedish Edmonds for a precautionary evaluation.

Edmonds police Sgt. Robert Barker stopped the woman, who driving a Honda Accord, on Highway 99 around 216th Street Southwest at about 8:45 a.m. after he observed her weaving in traffic. When Barker began to approach, she quickly drove away, heading eastbound on 216th, where she lost control of the vehicle and went down an embankment on the north side of the Premera property, McClure said.

The woman attempted exit the vehicle but was slowed as the car sank further into the water. She was taken into custody without further incident.

Police discovered that the woman had been stopped approximately two hours earlier in Shoreline, where she had been issued a ticket. She also has approximately $50,000 in outstanding warrants.

According to McClure, the key found in the vehicle ignition didn’t belong to a Honda and officers are working to determine if the car was stolen.

The woman will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail for attempting to elude a police vehicle. Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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