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Police chase ends in fiery crash in Coos Bay

The driver nearly hit pedestrians and sped away from police before losing control and crashing, police said.

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 10:55 AM

COOS BAY, Ore. -- A Coos Bay man was taken to Bay Area Hospital after police say he led officers on a chase Thursday night that ended in a fiery crash.

Police said at about 11:15 p.m. a patrol officer saw a vehicle driving at a reckless speed west on Newmark Avenue. They said the driver didn’t stop at a crosswalk and nearly hit several pedestrians.

After the vehicle passed the officer, who was parked near 7-Eleven, the officer attempted to stop the driver, but the driver continued speeding, police said.

The driver lost control near the intersection of Newmark Avenue and Wasson Street and crashed into a brick planter box, sending it into several light poles and two trees and damaging two buildings.

Police said the vehicle caught fire, and officers got the driver out and used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.

Ethan Mason was taken into custody for driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, attempt to elude in a vehicle and recklessly endangering another person, police said. He was cited for numerous traffic violations and taken to the hospital where he was released for treatment.

The North Bend Police Department, Oregon State Police, Coos Bay Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance and Coos Bay Public Works assisted the Coos Bay Police Department.

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