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Officers Arrest Man For Vehicular Assault, Hit and Run in Stolen Car

South Precinct patrol officers recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested the man driving it after he was involved in a hit and run collision that sent another driver to the hospital early Friday morning.

Shortly after 4:00am, officers saw an occupied stolen car at South Orcas Street and Martin Luther King Jr Way South. Officers initiated a traffic stop, but the driver fled. Police saw the vehicle a short time later at South Genesee Street and 36th Avenue South. Again, the driver attempted to flee, but this time he crashed into another car. The suspect tried to run from the scene, but officers stopped him and arrested him.

The Seattle Fire Department had to extract the driver of the car struck by the suspect, and he was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a possible broken shoulder. 

Officers found a small quantity of narcotics and a realistic air pistol in the fanny pack the suspect was wearing on his shoulder.

Police booked the 34-year-old man into the King County Jail for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, eluding a police vehicle, hit and run, vehicular assault, and possession of narcotics. The man could also face charges for a violation of a city law on weapons in public places. Per city code, it is unlawful to knowingly carry or shoot any spring gun, air gun, sling or slingshot in a public place.