Police said they believe alcohol and excessive speed contributed to the crash that injured the man driving, plus a woman and two small children.
A suspect in a reported assault in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood fled the scene in a car Friday morning with a woman and two young children, then rolled the vehicle nearby after crashing into several parked cars, police said.
The woman, 49, and two young children suffered minor injuries, while the driver, a 63-year-old man, suffered more serious but not life-threatening injuries in the crash, Seattle police spokesman Patrick Michaud said.
Officers were responding to reports that the man was assaulting the woman in a nearby parking lot when they then received word of the rollover crash just before 5 a.m. in the 9200 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast, Michaud said.
A witness reported the man had assaulted the woman, Michaud said. The man then left the scene with the woman and the children, striking several parked cars and flipping, police said. Alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors in the crash.
Rescue crews with the Seattle Fire Department were dispatched to the rollover scene at about 4:50 a.m.
The children and the woman were helped out of the rolled-over car by responding officers. The fire department cut open the car to free the driver. All passengers were taken to Harborview Medical Center, police said.
The fire department tweeted a photo of the vehicles involved in the crash, showing one on its side with the top of the car removed.