Bellevue police are searching for the driver of a royal-blue Honda CRX hatchback that collided with a police car in Bellevue's Pikes Peak...

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Bellevue police are searching for the driver of a royal-blue Honda CRX hatchback that collided with a police car in Bellevue’s Pikes Peak neighborhood yesterday afternoon, then left the scene.

At 4:47 p.m., police say, the Honda struck a police cruiser that was making a U-turn with lights flashing at the intersection of 124th Avenue Northeast and Northup Way. The Honda then fled westbound on Northup and northbound on 116th Avenue Northeast, said Officer Michael Chiu.

The driver topped 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, ran red lights and drove on the wrong side of the road to elude authorities, Chiu said.

The officer was not injured, but his car sustained $3,000 damage. The CRX sustained damage to its left front.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or driver, described as an Asian male, age 17 to 19 with a crew cut, is asked to call Crimestoppers of Puget Sound at 800-CRIME13.

All tips are anonymous, and a reward of up to $1,000 is available for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.


Fire spreads to attic of RE/MAX realty

A fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the RE/MAX Alpha Realty office on Southeast Eastgate Way late Wednesday night.

The fire did not appear to be an accident, said Lt. Bruce Kroon of the Bellevue Fire Department. It started in a storage shed, then spread into the attic of the real-estate office.

The office, a mostly one-story, wood-frame building, is at 14644 S.E. Eastgate Way.


Philharmonic ends fiscal year in black

The Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra concluded its fiscal year yesterday in the black for the third consecutive year, selling more subscriptions and raising 18 percent more money from individual contributions than the previous year.

The orchestra also served more children, reaching 5,300 fourth- and fifth-graders in 43 schools from seven Eastside districts, with its music-education program, “Sound Adventures in Schools,” said Executive Director Lawrence Fried.

The orchestra, in its sixth year, counts 340 subscribers, up from 317 last year.

Major corporate supporters include Viking Bank, MetLife Foundation, Boeing, Mellon Private Wealth Management and Piper Jaffray.


Interim chancellor begins work at UW

Steven Olswang begins work today as interim chancellor at University of Washington, Bothell, after the resignation of Dr. Warren Buck, who announced in March that he would return to teaching.

Olswang, 58, has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northwestern University in Chicago, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in higher-education administration from the University of Washington.

He came to the UW in 1974 as a graduate student and became an administrative intern in the president’s office. He later held a number of executive positions. Most recently, Olswang served as interim chancellor at UW Tacoma from February 2004 to last April.

UW Bothell is searching for a new chancellor. Olswang is not a candidate.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau