Police seeking man after crash involving a stolen car; couple taken to hospital

A man allegedly driving a stolen car crashed into a truck being driven by an Ocean Shores couple Wednesday, sending the couple to the hospital and police searching for the driver.

The wreck happened at the intersection of West Fourth and North Alder streets shortly after 4 p.m. A police officer spotted a grey Honda Accord LX at the Quick Stop on West Second Street that had been reported stolen and when he turned to follow the car, the driver of the Honda allegedly drove away at a high rate of speed, police said. The officer called off the pursuit almost immediately, police said, but the driver kept going.

“The guy was going so fast he called it off,” said Aberdeen Police Lt. Kevin Darst.

About two blocks away, the driver sped through an intersection while the driver of the red 1997 Ford F150 was crossing at the same time, police said.

The Honda t-boned the Ford, trapping the woman, identified by witnesses as being in her 60s, inside the truck. The man was able to get out of the car and fled on foot down Alder Street, according to witnesses. Firefighters from the Aberdeen Fire Department arrived, forced open the door of the truck and freed the woman from the wreck. Both the woman and her husband, also described by witnesses as being in his 60s, were taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries, though police believed the injuries were minor. Both vehicles were heavily damaged.

The police are gathering information on the suspect and seeking warrants. The suspect is described as being in his 20s, 5 feet 4 inches tall with tan skin, black shoulder-length hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a black muscle t-shirt.