The driver of a car fleeing police hit a King County Metro RapidRide bus in Bellevue just after midnight early Saturday, sending five bus passengers to the hospital with minor injuries, according to the Bellevue Police Department.
Police tried to stop the car because they suspected the driver was under the influence, but the driver fled in the vehicle at Bel-Red Road and Northeast 24th Street, according to the Bellevue police.
Police said they were not pursuing the vehicle as it crashed into the bus immediately after an officer tried to pull over the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence. On Twitter, police included a photo of the damaged bus, which was smashed in at the back side passenger door and to the left of the door.
Police said the car driver, 25, was hospitalized for possible internal bleeding and arrested on suspicion of DUI.