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September 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

South Seattle apartments evacuated after car hits building

A car plowed through a wall of a car port at an apartment building at Martin Luther King, Jr.Way South and South Walden Street Thursday morning. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

The driver of a car that crashed into a South Seattle apartment complex, causing extensive damage to the building, was arrested after he tried to flee and then fought with officers, according to Seattle police.

Witnesses said the car careened into the three-story building at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South Walden Street around 10 a.m. after the driver and his passenger were involved in a series of disturbances at a nearby business, police said. The two had left the business after the first dispute and then returned and the driver allegedly assaulted two employees because he thought they had called the police.

As the pair tried to get away their car crashed through the complex’s carport, an exterior wall, the laundry room and ended up in a hall,  according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

The driver of the car was not injured and tried to get away, but the passenger in the back seat was trapped, police said.

Moore said firefighters cut the roof off the car to remove the passenger. He was strapped to a backboard, evaluated, and taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of what Moore described as minor injuries.

Because the damage to the building was extensive, residents of the building were evacuated and the area around the damage was shored up as the car was pulled from the building, he said.

Moore said city inspectors will have to evaluate the damage  before anyone is allowed back inside.

The driver was taken into custody and will be transported to the South Precinct, where he will be screened for signs of impairment, police said. He will then be booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault and property damage, police said.

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