Teen allegedly drives wrong way, eludes police and crashes car

An allegedly drunken 17-year-old drove the wrong way on Northeast Ninth Street in Vancouver’s Hearthwood neighborhood and fled from police before hitting a tree.

At 12:27 a.m. Wednesday Sgt. Mike Chylack saw a blue Pontiac traveling east at about 10 mph in the westbound lane of Ninth Street, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police.

Once the driver pulled over and Chylack approached the car, the Pontiac sped off, Kapp said. As Chylack got back into his patrol car, he could hear tires squealing. The Pontiac ran into a tree in a resident’s yard at 14803 N.E. Sixth St.

Another officer located the driver and his passenger, also 17, two blocks from the accident site. The identities of both teens were not released.

The driver was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, minor in possession of alcohol and felony hit and run, Kapp said.

His passenger was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for evaluation of a head injury.