A suspected drunken driver tested the mettle some Seattle police officers near Green Lake early this morning — damaging three police cars, using an open car door to hit an officer and, at one point, refusing to get out of his car.
An officer responded to a call of a possible drunken driver in the 7900 block of Densmore Avenue North around 12:30 a.m., said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
The officer found a possible suspect sitting inside a parked Subaru. A second officer, this one specializing in DUI cases, was called in and when the two officers went up to the car, the guy inside refused to get out. He then drove away, despite having a flat tire, Jamieson said.
The guy was later found driving slowly near the north end of Green Lake. He eventually stopped in the middle of the road. When officers again tried to approach him, he put his car in reverse with the driver’s-side door open. The door struck one of the officers and the car hit a patrol car and that car was pushed into a second police car, Jamieson said.
The man shifted into drive and got stuck when he tried to drive between a parked car and a third patrol car. He got out of his car and tried to run, but was quickly caught. The 22-year-old man, who tested positive for drunken driving, was arrested for investigation of assault and malicious mischief, Jamieson said.
The officer struck by the car door suffered only minor injuries.