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July 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Driver rams four police cars in West Seattle chase

A 37-year-old West Seattle man rammed four police vehicles and led officers on a car chase along Alki Beach in West Seattle on Sunday morning, Seattle police said.

No one was injured, and the man was taken into custody after police deployed tack strips and blocked his Cadillac Escalade under the West Seattle bridge.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt said the man was also involved in a hit-and-run on July 5.  He was booked on charges in that case and released on bail.

The incident started at about 8:20 a.m. when the man drove into the parking lot at Don Armeni Park along the Alki waterfront, where two police cruisers were parked. The man hung out the window of his vehicle, waving and yelling at officers. He then left the lot, but returned a few minutes later, again yelling and waving.  He then sped out of the parking lot, heading west on Alki. The officers followed.

“Obviously, he was trying to bait the officers, pulling into the parking lot and drawing attention to himself,”  Witt said.

Near 56th Avenue Southwest and Alki Avenue Southwest, one of the officers pulled in front of the man, who accelerated and rear-ended the patrol car, knocking it out of service, Witt said. 

The suspect then made a U-turn and headed east along Alki, followed by police.  Near a convenience store on Harbor Avenue Southwest, officers again attempted to block the Escalade, but the man sideswiped a patrol car and forced it off the road. 

Officers deployed spike strips at the intersection of Harbor Avenue and Southwest Spokane Street, at the west end of the West Seattle Bridge,  and on Spokane  Street under the bridge.

The suspect peeled through that area, sustaining one flat tire, Witt said. He rammed two more police vehicles before being forced to a stop at Delridge Way Southwest and Spokane, near the Chelan Cafe.

The driver of the Escalade was taken into custody, Witt said.

Donna Baccetti, a waitress at the Chelan Cafe, was on her way to work when she saw the Escalade speed by with police cars in pursuit. “There were so many cops,” she said. “We were stuck for about 15 minutes.”

Only one police vehicle was seriously damaged, Witt said.

 

Comments | Topics: Chase, Seattle Police, West Seattle

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