Wednesday Morning Pursuit in Ballard Ends in Crash Along Seattle Waterfront

Officers arrested a 45-year-old man Wednesday morning after he carjacked a motorist at gunpoint in Ballard then led officers on a miles-long pursuit, ending in a crash on the Waterfront.

A man called 911 at 7:45 this morning to report that a man had approached him in the 300 block of Northwest 85th Street and demanded his truck while holding a shotgun. The man handed over the vehicle and that suspect drove off.

Police swarmed the area and spotted the truck driving away. Officers pursued the suspect out of Ballard and all the way to Pioneer Square where the suspect turned around and drove north along Alaskan Way. Officers attempted a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT maneuver) as the truck approached Broad Street. The driver of the truck lost control, crashed, and as the truck came to a rest, jumped out and fled on foot. Officers chased the man and took him into custody a short distance away.

Medics evaluated four people at the scene for injuries but no one required transport for further treatment.

Detectives are now interviewing the suspect before he is booked into King County Jail.

The Seattle Police Force Investigations Team will be reviewing the use of the PIT maneuver and any other force used.

Update: Police have recovered the suspect’s shotgun –