High-speed chase on Interstate 90 ends when vehicle crashes

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A Washington State Patrol trooper chased a vehicle on Interstate 90 for more than 30 miles late Thursday afternoon at speeds reaching up to 120 miles per hour before the driver lost control and crashed.

The State Patrol says the driver of the 2007 Mercedes sedan, Correy Tallman, 30, of Kennewick, was booked for felony eluding, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

The chase started about 3:30 p.m. near Thorp, just west of Ellensburg as the trooper was responding to a report of a vehicle fire on the interstate.

As the trooper came upon Mercedes, instead of yielding to the flashing lights and blaring sirens of the WSP vehicle, Tallman increased his speed to 118 mph, said Trooper John Bryant.

The trooper then initiated a pursuit at speeds ranging from 90 mph to 120 mph, Bryant said.

Tallman lost control of the vehicle just west of Easton, spun out and struck a guardrail. The WSP then closed all westbound lanes as they arrested Tallman.

Tallman was taken to the hospital for medical clearance before being booked into jail.

A 22-year-old passenger in the Mercedes was not injured.