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Officers Arrest Man After He Smashes Through SODO Business’s Fence While Fleeing in Stolen Van

Police arrested a 40-year-old man after he drove through a SODO business’s fence while fleeing in a stolen van.

Officers spotted a man driving a white van with a stolen license plate, parked in the 700 block of South Andover Street, around 7:45 p.m. and attempted to pull the vehicle over.

Rather than stopping, the driver rammed the van through a business’s chain link fence, then backed into an SPD patrol vehicle before fleeing with at least one flat tire.

The suspect eventually ditched the van, leaving it running on train tracks at West Marginal Way SW and SW Alaska Street.

When officers located the van, no one was inside. However, a set of footprints in the snow led police to a 40-year-old man sitting on a nearby park bench. They also found mail belonging to the 40-year-old man inside the van. Officers arrested him and booked him into the King County Jail for eluding police, possession of a stolen vehicle, and malicious mischief.