Erratic driver flees, killed in log truck crash

Jun 20, 2011

An erratic driver who sped away from Spokane County, Wash., deputies even after a tire was flattened by a spike strip finally collided with a loaded log truck and was killed.

Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller says sheriff's deputies located the red Ford Taurus on Monday after several 911 calls from citizens about an erratic driver southbound on Highway 395 near Deer Park. The driver fled from one deputy, hit spike strips deployed by the Washington State Patrol, then kept going despite a flattened right front tire.

About a mile farther on, the unidentified driver crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with the log truck. The Taurus driver was dead at the scene; the truck driver was unhurt.

Fuller says the county sheriff's office, State Patrol and Spokane police will investigate.