A “very intoxicated” man led police on a dangerous car chase around Leschi May 18, according to police. The man, a convicted felon, was arrested and in illegal possession of a firearm, but not before crashing his car into multiple parked cars and nearly striking a couple people walking on a sidewalk.
The suspect allegedly showed up at a home near 26th and King around 11 p.m. armed with a handgun and demanding to speak to a woman there. The woman’s parents told him to leave, and he began making threats at them and smashing bottles from a nearby recycling bin.
When police arrived, he hopped into a car and sped off. From SPD:
As officers arrived at the scene, they saw the suspect speeding away in a silver Hyundai. The suspect drove up onto the sidewalk, nearly hitting two people, then veered back into the street, where he slammed into a parked car. Undeterred by the crash, the suspect kept on driving.
With officers in hot pursuit, the suspect sped down 26th Avenue S, where he struck a second parked car, and kept on moving.
The suspect turned onto S. Lane Street, sped up a hill, drove over a traffic circle, and got his car caught on a sidewalk near 25th Avenue and S. Lane.
As officers pulled up behind the suspect, he threw his car into reverse, freeing himself from the curb. And then he sped off again.
The suspect flew down S. Jackson Street at high speed, sending a shower of sparks flying as he bottomed out at Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. He drove for one more block, to 28th Avenue and S. King Street, where pulled over, jumped out of the car and ran behind a house.
Officers caught up with the man and arrested him. Police also found a 9mm handgun lying in the back seat of the car.