Deputy hurt in rollover crash near Mariner

By Sara Bruestle | Nov 21, 2012

A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured in a rollover crash Monday near Mariner High School.

The deputy was released from the hospital Tuesday morning, said Shari Ireton, spokesperson for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. The deputy was headed northbound on 4th Avenue W. in south Everett. He passed a silver BMW heading southbound that was being driven in an unsafe manner.

“When he saw the car traveling the other way, the vehicle was being driven recklessly,” Ireton said. “The officer made a U-turn and started to speed up to pursue him and, at that point, that’s when he lost control of the vehicle.”

The car rolled over in front of Mariner at the 200 block of 120th St. S.W., she said.

The deputy was extracted from his patrol car by paramedics and transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His injuries were serious but not life threatening, Ireton said.

The BMW continued southbound, hit a curb and damaged the car enough to make it undriveable, Ireton said. The driver then abandoned the car and fled on foot, Ireton said.

The driver was described as black male wearing a green beanie hat. The BMW is believed to have been stolen.

The deputy has served in law enforcement for 12 years. The Sheriff’s Office has not released his name.

The Sheriff’s Office Collision Investigation Unit is looking into the cause of the crash.

Ireton said the rollover could have been weather related.

“The conditions yesterday were horrible,” Ireton said Tuesday. “There was two and a half inches of rain in Snohomish County. That could be a factor.”

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