Police searching for driver in crash

Police searching for driver in crash

SHADY COVE — Police are looking for a man who fled the scene of a crash following a police chase that left his passenger seriously injured, officials said.

A Shady Cove police officer on Saturday attempted to stop a Buick sedan later determined to have been driven by 37-year-old Corey Duane Carson, who has a lengthy criminal history.

The car sped away leading the officer on a two-mile chase on Highway 62 near Trail. Carson's car reached speeds of 80 to 90 mph before it left the road and crashed down a 250-foot ravine, the officer said.

The driver fled on foot through blackberry bushes and disappeared.

He left an elderly passenger inside the car. That man suffered broken bones and was transported to the hospital, according to Shady Cove police Officer Julie Denney.

"We are not sure the relationship between the two men involved," Denney said.

The driver, identified by the passenger as Carson, may have been drinking prior to the chase, Denney added.

Shady Cove police suspect Carson suffered injuries during the crash and his flight through thick blackberry bushes. He is described as a white male adult, with short, brown hair. He is partially bald and may have a mustache. The photograph provided was taken a month ago, Denney said.

Carson has a previous conviction from 2000 for attempting to elude police in a vehicle.

Shady Cove police are asking anyone who knows of Carson's whereabouts, or who has additional information about the incident, to call them at 878-3200 or the dispatch center at 776-7206.

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