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Auto Thief, Hit and Run Suspect in Custody, Following Pursuit from Seattle to South King County

A man driving an unreported stolen truck is in custody after he collided with several vehicles in South Seattle following a pursuit to unincorporated Kent before police were able to stop the vehicle.  While there was damage to the vehicles, fortunately there were no serious injuries.

The incident began at around 1:15 pm Tuesday afternoon in the 4400 block of 4th Avenue South.  Patrol officers believed that the driver of a green Chevy pickup truck may have been a suspect wanted for an earlier shooting.  Officers attempted to initiate a stop on the truck, but the driver took off at a high rate of speed.  The suspect vehicle drove through stop signs and red lights without stopping.  During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle was involved in multiple collisions in the Seattle city limits.

The suspect truck then drove into Tukwila, and got onto Interstate 5 heading northbound before exiting the freeway and heading southbound toward Tukwila again.

Neighboring agencies were all advised of the call and assisted. The Sheriff’s helicopter, Guardian One, also assisted on this incident.

The pursuit continued southbound past Southcenter and into unincorporated Kent.  Officers attempted to stop the truck as it entered into a cul de sac, but the driver was able to evade officers and continue driving.  The pursuit ended in the 5700 block of S. 272nd Street when officers stopped the truck using a PIT maneuver.  The suspect vehicle collided with another car and the suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect in custody was not the shooting suspect.  Officers determined that the truck he was driving was stolen, and he was later booked into the King County Jail for the stolen truck and several hit and run collisions.

This remains an active and on-going investigation, and this information is subject to change.  Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.