On May 4th at approximately 4:18 p.m. officers were on patrol when they spotted a felony theft suspect from an earlier incident driving a blue Chevy Blazer southbound on Roosevelt Way NE at NE 55th Street. Officers began following the suspect while calling in additional units.
Officers activated their emergency lights near NE 50th Street and Roosevelt Way NE in order to stop the suspect. The suspect not only failed to stop for the officers, the suspect accelerated away and drove into on-coming traffic going southbound on Roosevelt Way NE. Officers discontinued following the suspect once his driving behavior became reckless.
The suspect continued on, driving through a restaurant parking lot at NE 50th Street and University Way NE. The suspect then drove southbound on University Way NE into on-coming traffic. Just north of NE 45th Street on University Way NE the suspect collided into two Metro Buses and a blue Saturn station wagon.
The suspect got out of his vehicle and took off running. Officers engaged him in a foot pursuit and apprehended the suspect in the 4100 block of 15th Avenue NE. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. Officers quickly verified that the blue Chevy truck the suspect was driving was a stolen vehicle.
Nobody was injured in the Saturn station wagon. Three people on board one of the Metro buses were transported by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injures, where he is currently under police guard.
Upon completion of his treatment the adult male suspect will be booked into the King County Jail on multiple charges, which may include:
Felony Theft (from the original incident), Felony Eluding, Auto Theft, Hit & Run Collision, Obstructing a Police Officer, and an active DUI arrest warrant out of Auburn.
This remains an active and on-going investigation.