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Driver Arrested After Fleeing From Police, Crashing into Gas Station

Officers arrested a 20-year-old woman on Monday after she reportedly drove up on the sidewalk in Greenwood during a dispute, fled from police in a badly damaged Audi, and crashed into a gas station.

Just before 8:30 AM, police received reports of a woman driving a silver Audi on the sidewalk in Greenwood while she was involved in some sort of dispute with a pedestrian.

Police spotted the Audi at North 143rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North, and noticed the car had significant front end damage and was smoking and leaking fluid.

When officers activated their vehicle’s emergency lights, the Audi driver abruptly turned onto Greenwood Avenue and sped away.

Officers followed the driver, who cut through a gas station parking lot in the 14400 block of Greenwood Avenue North, where she apparently lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a gas pump. She then jumped out of her car and took off running, but officers were able to catch up to her and take her into custody. No one was seriously injured in the incident.

The 20-year-old woman told officers she ran from police because she is a student driver and does not have a license. However, police were unable to locate any application for a license of a permit. Police also found a small bag of suspected methamphetamine on the driver’s seat of the car.

Police also determined the pedestrian involved in the earlier dispute was the woman’s boyfriend, but are still investigating the nature of the incident.

Officers booked the woman into the King County Jail for eluding police and two felony warrants, and cited her for hit and run as she apparently struck a business’s fence and was involved in another collision on Phinney Avenue.