Vancouver hit-run getaway ends when car catches fire

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor



A hit-and-run driver’s getaway was foiled Wednesday night when his damaged car caught fire and burned in Brush Prairie.

The crash occurred at 8:47 p.m. near the intersection of Northeast 162nd Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver, according to Vancouver Police Department Officer Ilia Botvinnik.

The man driving the hit-and-run vehicle, a blue 2007 Mini Cooper, fled the scene and made it to Brush Prairie before the car became engulfed in flame.

No one was injured in the incident, Botvinnik said.

The man was taken into custody about 9:30 p.m. on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run driving. The man’s name was not immediately available Wednesday night.

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