RICHLAND, Wash. — A high-speed chase reached speeds of 100 miles an hour during the morning rush commute.
It all stopped after a violent rollover crash involving the suspect.
It started with troopers pulling over a man for not wearing his seat belt and ended with the driver clinging to life in the hospital.
“A lot of times small stuff leads to bigger stuff,” said Trooper Chris Thorson with Washington State Patrol.
It started as a routine traffic stop on Van Geisen Street and Hwy 240 Eastbound for a driver and passenger not wearing their seatbelts.
As the trooper approached the car the driver took off.
The trooper chased after him. Speeds reached up to 100 miles per hour.
“If this did get too dangerous and the public was in danger we would have terminated the pursuit,” Thorson said.
The chase ended in about 60 seconds when the driver lost control of the car and rolled over.
“When we first got here on scene the driver was stuck in the vehicle for 15 to 20 minutes luckily the Richland Fire Department was really good used their jaws of life. (They) got them out and got them to the hospital really quick,” Thorson said.
The driver was 46-year-old Clair Doyle from West Richland. Action News learned there was a warrant out for his arrest since 2016 for failure to report. His original crime is possession of controlled substances in Yakima County.
“This is actually how we arrest a lot of people for outstanding warrants and criminal activity,” Thorson said.
State patrol says during the chase Doyle hit a car on the road. He will likely be cited for a hit and run and another felony in driving away from troopers.
“If people see emergency lights behind them just follow the basic rules move right for emergency vehicles or emergency lights,” Trooper Thorson said. “If you don't feel like it's safe and we're coming at too high a speed on your right or left side just stay where you're at and just drive straight.”
After cutting Doyle out of the flipped wreckage medics rushed him to Kadlec. Luckily his innocent passenger walked away with barely a scratch.
Doyle is still at Kadlec. Staff have not been able to confirm his condition. According to WSP his injuries were non-life threatening.