High-speed chase ends in crash

FALL CITY - A 38-year-old Federal Way man, whose friends refused to let him drive home because they believed he was drunk, decided to steal their car and make his way to his residence. The result was a short police chase, a crash and a trip to the hospital.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on March 8, the owners of a home in North Bend told their friend that he would not be allowed to drive his own car home. The friend promptly grabbed the keys to their 1999 Ford Windstar van and left.

The van owners called 911.

Meanwhile, a King County Sheriff's Office deputy was in Fall City when he saw a van speeding eastbound on State Route 202. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but it sped off, according to King County Sheriff's Office officials.

It was soon after that the deputy learned the vehicle was stolen and a chase ensued.

The chase continued with speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour until the driver lost control in the 38000 block of State Route 202 near Fish Hatchery Road, officials said. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car.

The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where he was reported to have no major injuries.

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