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Police chase ends in flaming potato truck


A police chase involving a reckless semi truck ended with the rig bursting into flames in Washington on Sunday evening. 

The incident happened on Sunday, October 31st near Pasco, Washington. 

According to KOMO News, police received reports of a semi truck driving recklessly at around 7:30 p.m. and went to investigate. When officers arrived, they found 42-year-old Zachary T. Bailie driving a truck hauling potatoes through truck stop parking lots before striking another rig. Bailie did not stop for the collision, and instead fled the scene when an officer attempted to approach him. 

As he fled, Bailie ran other vehicles off of the road and nearly collided with an RV before speeding off with no headlights and even swerving into the opposite lane of traffic. 

Police then laid down spike strips and incapacitated the truck, which came to a stop on Highway 395 and promptly caught on fire. Bailie then fled the scene on foot, abandoning the flaming truck. 

It is not clear what caused the fire, but firefighters were able to quench the flames without further damage. Police were then able to locate Bailie and bring him into custody. 

Bailie is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the chase and is now facing multiple charges.


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