A stolen car fleeing from Seattle police hits a pedestrian, two police cars and another car.
A stolen car being pursued by police hit one pedestrian and three vehicles — two of them police cars — Friday night in the midst of the PhinneyWood ArtWalk.
The pedestrian, a man, was not seriously injured, although he was taken to the hospital, said Seattle police Detective Mark Jamieson, who was at the scene. A second pedestrian, a woman, later had to jump out of the way of the stolen car and sustained a minor knee injury, he said.
The suspect was taken to Harborview Medical Center, Jamieson said, to be checked out before he would be booked. Jamieson said the man, believed to be in his 20s, was suspected of being under the influence.
The incident began in the Green Lake neighborhood about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jamieson said, when officers spotted a Honda that had been reported as stolen. They located the owner, who decided to come and get the car. Officers left the car, but not too long afterward saw it being driven. They knew the driver wasn’t the owner, who was coming from some distance, Jamieson said.
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When they began following the car, the driver took off. After being briefly stuck in traffic, the driver intentionally rammed a patrol car, Jamieson said, then struck a pedestrian in the crosswalk at North 73rd and Greenwood Avenue North and kept going.
Orhun Uygur, the manager of Turabi, an Oriental rug store at North 73rd and Greenwood, said he saw a white car clip a police car, then continue into a crosswalk where a group of people was standing at the light.
Several people saw the car coming and jumped out of the way, but an older man did not get clear and was hit in the leg, he said.
The police car made a 180-degree turn and tore off down the street after the white car, he said.
Because the PhinneyWood ArtWalk was Friday night and Saturday, the sidewalks were crowded with hundreds of people.
After hitting the pedestrian and police car, the suspect kept going down Greenwood, where the second pedestrian, the woman, sustained minor injuries at North 87th Street, Jamieson said. Then the fleeing car hit another police car and a civilian car, and the suspect drove directly at officers on foot who were trying to stop him, Jamieson said.
At some point, Jamieson said, the officers stopped aggressively pursuing the suspect because it was deemed too dangerous.
But they kept monitoring the suspect, who headed back over to the Green Lake area. The suspect jumped out of the car and began running, but officers outran him and took him into custody, Jamieson said.
After being examined at Harborview, he was to be booked into King County Jail on a number of charges, Jamieson said.
Seattle Times reporter Katherine Long contributed to this report.
Carol M. Ostrom: 206-464-2249 or email@example.com. On Twitter @costrom.