A 17-year-old student at Woodinville High School says he was followed, harassed and threatened Wednesday while driving, by an angry unidentified...
A 17-year-old student at Woodinville High School says he was followed, harassed and threatened Wednesday while driving, by an angry unidentified man.
The morning chase went from south Bothell to Woodinville, north to unincorporated Snohomish County and back to Woodinville, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. No one was hurt. The suspect drove off when the boy headed toward Woodinville City Hall to get help, said sheriff’s spokesman John Urquhart.
“We don’t know what he’s mad about, but he’s obviously upset about something,” Urquhart said. “… The guy clearly went overboard.”
The incident started about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, while the boy was driving his Nissan Sentra on Highway 522 under Interstate 405. He told police that a man driving a Dodge Dakota pick-up cut him off, and when he passed the truck, the man sped up and nearly hit the Sentra, Urquhart said.
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The truck continued to give chase, reaching nearly 100 mph, and cut the Sentra off at Highway 9. The man then tried to approach the Sentra on foot, but the boy sped away, Urquhart said.
The two cars wove through Woodinville, making several turns. At Northeast 195th Street and Woodinville-Snohomish Road, the two vehicles stopped in traffic side by side. The man leaned out his window and beat on the boy’s windshield with a broken golf club, and the boy drove off, Urquhart said.
A couple blocks away, the man turned into an oncoming lane and tried to push the boy’s car off the road, he said. The man then stopped his truck in the path of the boy’s car, and rammed his vehicle into the Sentra when the boy tried to drive away.
The man is described as in his late 20s or early 30s, with a thin build, short light-brown hair and wearing an orange shirt or jacket. He was driving a silver 1999 to 2002 Dodge Dakota, with a silver canopy. The truck has damage and possibly yellow paint on its right side where it hit the boy’s car.
The boy gave detectives a partial license-plate number for the Dakota, Urquhart said.
Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect should call the sheriff’s office at 206-296-3311.
Ashley Bach: 206-464-2567