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Man wanted by police crashes after chase; East Sprague closed near downtown

August 24, 2016 GMT

A person wanted by police fled from officers early Wednesday before crashing his car into a fire hydrant east of downtown Spokane.

Police attempted to stop a Mazda sedan about 3 a.m. on Sprague Avneu for an traffic infraction, said Detective Jeff Welton. But the driver sped away. Officers followed at speeds as high as 70 mph for about a minute before calling off the chase because they were entering the downtown area.

The driver, River Hewson, 26, soon crashed into a hydrant and was seriously injured and transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Police suspect he was driving under the influence, Welton said.

A passenger was unharmed in the crash and fled on foot, but he was soon apprehended by officers.

After the crash, police discovered that the driver had been previously accused of assault and was wanted by police.

Crash happened about 3 a.m. Car clipped fire hydrant. Passenger unharmed, fled on foot. DUI suspected. Cleaning up.

Sprague between Grant and Sherman streets remained closed as of 8:30 a.m. as officers worked to clean up of the scene.