A Puyallup man has been arrested after a high-speed chase ended in a four-car crash that left three people seriously injured late Tuesday, the Washington State Patrol reported.
The drivers and a passenger in two of the vehicles were taken to local hospital for treatment of “significant injuries,” troopers reported.
Troopers were still looking into what led up to the overnight crash, which closed several lanes of Meridian for hours. The crash investigation at the scene has ended and all lanes of Meridian are back open.
Troopers say the 31-year-old Puyallup man was driving a minivan and chasing a Honda Civic south on Meridian Avenue shortly before midnight. Both cars were speeding down the heavily-traveled thoroughfare from 128th Street East. The minivan was closely following the Civic, witnesses told troopers.
“The vehicles were driving reckless and not slowing for intersections,” a State Patrol press release states.
The Civic and minivan went through the red stop light at 168th Street East. The Civic struck a Toyota Scion, seriously injuring the 29-year-old driver.
The Civic also hit a Chevrolet Impala that had been going north on Meridian, troopers reported.
The cars were strewn across the intersection. Witnesses reported the driver of the minivan pulled up to the Civic, got out of his vehicle, had words with the driver of the Civic and kicked the tires, troopers said. The Puyallup man then left.
The driver and passenger of the Civic sustained serious injuries and were transported to Tacoma General Hospital. The Scion’s driver was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, troopers reported. The driver of the Impala was not injured.
While investigating the crash, troopers discovered a bullet hole in the trunk of the Civic.
Investigators found the Puyallup man at a South Hill home a short time later. The minivan was there and had front-end damage. The Puyallup man was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of three counts of attempted murder and three counts of vehicular assault.
Troopers placed the minivan, Civic and Scion into evidence.
Troopers ask anyone with information on the case to call 253-536-4376.
Three lanes of Meridian have reopened after an early morning crash.
One northbound lane between 168th Street East and 176th Street East/Sunrise Boulevard East remains blocked, the state DOT reported at 4:45 a.m.
The incident began about 12:45 a.m. It initially blocked both directions of Meridian and a detour was set up.
Troopers, sheriff’s deputies and transportation crews are on the scene.
UPDATE: The crash has been cleared.