Mercer Island

Fiery crash follows 150 mph chase on I-90

Fiery crash follows 150 mph chase on I-90
A sports car is on fire after crashing into a building on Mercer Island, November 8, 2013. Photo courtesy: Bryant Hill
MERCER ISLAND, Wash. - A Bellevue man is under investigation for eluding police and driving under the influence after a chase and crash on Mercer Island, shortly after 11:30 p.m. Friday night.

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Courtney Stewart said a trooper clocked a Porshe Panamera going 150 miles per hour just minutes earlier in the eastbound express lanes of Interstate 90.

The trooper tried to catch up, and watched as the car exited the freeway. That's when the driver lost control and crashed into on office building at SE 30th and Island Crest Way. The car burst into flames after the crash, but firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading to the building.

Both occupants were outside the sports car when emergency crews arrived, and were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

"It was just pure luck that driving that recklessly and at those speeds that nobody else was hurt," Stewart said.

Police have charged the driver for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and vehicular assault.