Also: Police say a man who stole a pickup truck yesterday morning led them on a chase through Kent, rammed a police car and drove along train tracks to elude them before being arrested in Covington.

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Two men were arrested yesterday after separate standoffs with Seattle police.

A 44-year-old man was arrested after firing a gun in his home in Ballard to frighten his girlfriend, police said. Police responding to the call about 10:20 p.m. Monday set up a perimeter around the home in the 6400 block of 24th Avenue Northwest and evacuated a nearby tavern.

Police called a SWAT team and a hostage negotiation team, and the man surrendered to them shortly before 1 a.m.

In the other incident, a 37-year-old Seattle man who kidnapped a woman and barricaded himself in his home in White Center was arrested after a three-hour standoff with police yesterday.

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The woman escaped out the front door of the home and told police the man had threatened to kill her. The SWAT team and a hostage-negotiation team were called after the man refused to surrender to police. The man gave himself up about 7 a.m. and was arrested.

Man who led police on chase through Kent is held

Police say a man who stole a pickup truck yesterday morning led them on a chase through Kent, rammed a police car and drove along train tracks to elude them before being arrested in Covington.

The officer in the patrol car was not injured, police said.

The chase began about 3:15 a.m. near Kent-Des Moines Road and West Meeker Street in Kent. Police said they followed the man into Covington, where he drove off the road and onto the Burlington Northern train tracks, heading eastbound. The man abandoned the truck after it got stuck on the tracks and stole a car from a neighborhood in Covington, police said. Officers caught up with him near the intersection of 173rd Place Southeast and Covington-Sawyer Road. He was booked into King County Jail.

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