Traffic stop leads to police pursuit and crash

Published On: Dec 27 2012 08:15:12 AM PST   Updated On: Dec 27 2012 12:31:21 PM PST
Spokane Valley pursuit leads to crash
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

A routine traffic stop turned into a police chase and ended with a crash late Wednesday night in Spokane Valley.

Police tried to pull over a red minivan before 11 p.m., but the driver led them on a high speed chase onto I-90. The chase continued on the highway, then onto Pines and Mission before bad weather caused police to call off the chase for public safety reasons.

They picked up the chase again at University when the van driver tried to hit a patrol car head-on. 

The pursuit eventually ended at Walnut and Valley when the driver crashed his van into a tree.  The driver and a passenger were extricated from the van.

Right now, there is no information on the condition of the van's occupants or why they fled police.

An investigation is ongoing.