SEDRO-WOOLLEY — A Sedro-Woolley police officer was injured Monday while attempting to stop a fleeing driver.
About 12:30 p.m., Skagit County Fire District 4 was called to check on a motorist who appeared to be intoxicated in the 24000 block of Hoehn Road near Clear Lake, Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Lin Tucker said.
The woman was unconscious when crews arrived, and they attempted to put blocks under her tires to prevent her from fleeing, Tucker said.
As Skagit County sheriff’s deputies arrived to talk to the woman, she sped off, narrowly avoiding injuring a firefighter who was attempting to turn off her vehicle, Tucker said.
A Sedro-Woolley police officer followed the vehicle, and a sergeant deployed a spike strip in an attempt to stop the driver before she entered city limits, Tucker said.
While deploying the spike strip, the sergeant suffered a wound to his hand that later required seven stitches, Tucker said.
The spikes strip worked on the passenger side tires, but the woman kept driving on the tires’ rims, Tucker said.
Officers cornered the car on the east end of town, but in an effort to avoid the officers the driver then turned around, Tucker said.
The sergeant pulled his car in front of her, and the woman rammed his patrol car with her car, Tucker said.
Another patrol car pulled in behind her, trapping her and ending the pursuit, Tucker said.
The woman was taken to PeaceHealth United General Medical Center, then booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center for investigation of driving under the influence, second-degree assault and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.