Man seriously injured after fleeing police on BI

A 46-year-old Silverdale man who had been fleeing a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured in a car crash Tuesday night on Highway 305, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and Bainbridge Island Police Department.

The man was apparently thrown from a 1973 Mercedes convertible when the car left the road and hit a ditch near the highway’s intersection with Lovgreen Road. He was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, police reports said.

A Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the Mercedes driving south on Suquamish Way near Totten Road around 9 p.m. The deputy believed the other car was going about 90 mph in a 40 mph zone, reports said.

The deputy tried to catch up to the driver, who crossed the Agate Pass Bridge onto Bainbridge Island. The deputy used his lights and sirens, but the man did not pull over, reports said.

The deputy stopped following the man at the highway’s intersection with Reitan Road. A few minutes later, the deputy heard Bainbridge officers responding to a crash.

The roadway was blocked for several hours while Bainbridge police investigated. It is not known if intoxicants were a factor in the crash.

The man is in serious condition at the Seattle hospital.

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