Four people were injured early Sunday in Auburn when a driver attempting to elude authorities struck another vehicle, the Washington State Patrol reports.
According to the State Patrol, a 25-year-old Tacoma man in a 2004 Mazda RX-8 was traveling southbound on C Street in Auburn and being pursued by State Patrol troopers just before 3:30 a.m. He did not stop for a red light at Ellingson Road and hit a 2005 Ford Carrier tow truck with three men inside.
The Tacoma man and the three men inside the tow truck — a 39-year-old from Auburn who was driving the truck and two 19-year-olds from Kent — all sustained injuries, but all had been wearing seat belts. The driver of the tow truck was taken for treatment in a private vehicle, and the three others were transported to Auburn Regional Medical Center.
The State Patrol suspects alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. The Tacoma driver faces charges of eluding and vehicular assault.