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May 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Man taken to hospital after car lands upside down and underwater in Auburn

The driver of a car that flipped over and landed upside down in a water-filled ditch off of West Valley Highway on Thursday had been driving recklessly just prior to the accident, according to the Auburn Police Department.

Police spokesman Cmd. Mike Hirman said an officer had been driving north on the West Valley Highway when he spotted a southbound vehicle that was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. The officer made a U-turn to pursue the other car and the other car sped away from him, Hirman said. The officer did not chase the car, but drove around looking for it, police said.

The officer found the car around 1:44 p.m. after it had gone over an embankment and landed topside down in a deep ditch filled with 3 to 4 feet of water, Hirman said. The two passengers in the car were able to get out by themselves, but the driver was strapped in, underwater and unconscious when the officer pulled him from the vehicle and began administering CPR, police said.

The officer was able to restore a pulse to the man, reported to be in his 20’s, who was then taken to Harborview Medical Center. His condition is not known.

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