Man Leads Police On Chase In Stolen Patrol Car After Attacking Bus Rider, Officers (Updated)

Seattle police arrested a 35-year-old man in Queen Anne Thursday afternoon after he assaulted a man on a Metro bus, attacked two police officers, stole a patrol car and collided with another driver as he led police on a chase through Queen Anne.

BJSfu6kCYAEvq81Police are still trying to sort out the details of this incident, but it appears that just after 12:15 pm, SPD received a report that the 35-year-old suspect had attacked a 50-year-old man on a bus near Aurora Ave and Denny Way, and fled south on foot through the Battery Street tunnel.

Two patrol officers found the man inside the tunnel and attempted to stop him.

The man attacked a female officer and then jumped into an SPD patrol car and took off.

Officers pursued the suspect to W. Olympic Place and 8th Ave. W, where the suspect crashed after running over a retaining wall.

Officers then took the 35-year-old suspect—who appeared to be very intoxicated—into custody.

The suspect sustained cuts to his hands and face during the incident, and he was not wearing his seatbelt during the crash. Medics transported the suspect to Harborview for treatment.

The female officer also received treatment at the scene for minor scrapes and bruises.

Officers are also investigating whether the suspect was involved in a hit-and-run after a woman called 911 to report that the suspect had driven into her car during the chase and sped away.

Police have closed traffic on three streets around W Olympic Place, and there may be traffic delays in the area throughout the afternoon.

We’ll update this post with more information as we get it.