We wouldn’t believe this report if it weren’t posted to the official Seattle police website.
A 21-year-old led police on a chase in South Seattle during which he wrecked two vehicles (aside from his own), fought a martial-arts instructor and was arrested after he was found hiding in a medical-marijuana grow.
It started off simply enough: An officer saw a 21-year-old man and his 18-year-old female passenger driving in South Seattle with no license plate around 2 p.m. The officer flashed his lights for the man to pull over.
Instead of stopping, the car sped through a red light at the intersection of Seward Park Avenue and Rainier Avenue South, hitting two other vehicles. No one was injured in the crash.
The suspect’s car “rolled down the street for several hundred feet,” the report said, and when it stopped, the man and woman jumped out and made a run for it. The officer caught the woman, but the man ran away down Rainier Avenue.
With us so far? Great. Now this: A martial-arts instructor who happened to be walking down the street saw the man running and threw an “outside crescent kick” to the suspect’s leg, knocking him down.
He and another bystander had the suspect pinned to the ground when yet another unidentified man pushed them off the suspect and helped him escape.
From there, the suspect ran inside a building — one that turned out to be housing a medical-marijuana grow.
Officers descended on the building and found the suspect, along with jewelry, wallets, mail and cash they say he stole. They found a gun and several iPads in the crashed car.
Police went to the address of the mail — which matched information in one of the wallets — and found a family who had come home and discovered their house had been broken into. Several iPads and a wallet were missing.
The 21-year-old man was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run, felony eluding and unlawful possession of a firearm, the report said. He’s also being investigated for burglary. The 18-year-old woman who was with him was released, the report said.