Traffic was backed up on State Route 8 and US Highway 12 near Elma yesterday after a man tried to outrun a Washington State Patrol Trooper in his 2011 Kia Soul. The police report says the 31-year-old Hoquiam man’s vehicle was stopped for expired tabs while Eastbound on 12, just before 1 PM Wednesday.

When the driver learned they had outstanding warrants, they sped away from the traffic stop just East of the Monte-Brady exit. The report said the Kia Soul was traveling at 109 Miles Per Hour when it left the road and struck a tree near milepost 14.

The driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. The investigation of the scene had multiple lanes blocked or slowed for several hours between Montesano and Elma yesterday.