A fleeing fugitive caused a four-vehicle crash in Yakima on Wednesday morning, Yakima County sheriff’s deputies said.
Deputies spotted a stolen pickup in the area of Summitview and Rocky Top roads about 6:30 a.m., according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. They identified the driver as John P. Ryan, 32, who has a warrant for escaping from custody by the state Department of Corrections.
When deputies tried to stop him, Ryan sped off in the pickup with a woman, the release said. The chase continued into Yakima, when Ryan pulled off U.S. Highway 12 at North 40th Avenue, where authorities said he ran a red light at North 40th Avenue and Fruitvale Boulevard, triggering a multiple-vehicle crash involving a car, a minivan and another pickup.
The crash left debris strewn about the intersection, which was closed to traffic until 1:53 p.m.
Ryan was arrested at the scene of the crash without further incident, the release said. He was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and booked into the Yakima County jail. The woman was admitted to a hospital with injuries from the crash, the release said.
Other drivers at the scene had minor injuries and were either treated at the scene or went to local hospitals, the release said.
Ryan was arrested on the warrant, as well as suspicion of vehicular assault, eluding police, driving with a revoked license and possessing a stolen motor vehicle.
Yakima police assisted with the crash investigation.