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Officers Ride Bikes Down Bus Tunnel Stairs to Arrest Armed Drug Dealer

Police arrested a 23-year-old felon Wednesday around 3:30 PM for possession of a handgun after he led officers on a foot pursuit through the Pioneer Square bus tunnel.

Bike officers working in the area of 3rd Avenue and Yesler Way Wednesday afternoon spotted a man selling narcotics.

When officers attempted to stop the man, he ran into the nearby Pioneer Square transit tunnel. In a move reminiscent of the 1989 Nicole Kidman classic, BMX Bandits, the officers rode their bikes down the stairs after the man. The suspect dropped a stolen handgun and continued to flee with the officers in pursuit. Officers, wearing their bike shoes, chased the suspect through the bus tunnel and onto a back stairwell. There, the suspect, in a move reminiscent of Looney Tunes, attempted to bamboozle the officers by taking a seat on the stairs and directing them upward. The officers were not fooled.

The officers took the suspect into custody without further incident.

Police booked the man into King County Jail for firearms and narcotics charges.

Here is body-worn video of officers riding down the steps and the following pursuit, you have to imagine the 1980’s soundtrack yourself.