Capitol Hill

Flamboyantly-dressed man joyrides office chair down Capitol Hill

SEATTLE -- An early morning office chair ride down Capitol Hill ended with a man being taken to Harborview Medical Center for a mental evaluation.

Police were called early Thursday morning about a man rolling down the west side of Capitol Hill on an office chair. At about 2:30 a.m., officers caught up with the man near Lakeview Boulevard and East Highland Drive.

When they found him, the man was carrying a set of drumsticks and had a hubcap tied to his arm. He was also wearing several scarves, holding several purses and wearing motorcycle goggles, according to police.

The 29-year-old told officers he was "late for a gig." Questioned further, the man gave police a fake name and asked to be handcuffed, police say.

The officers obliged, at which point the man sat back down in his chair and rolled himself into traffic. The chair toppled over in the street, but an officer was able to catch the man.

While helping him back to the curb, police say the man spat at an officer. The loogie missed its target, but the man warned officers that it was only a "warning shot."

Officers finally searched the man and found a 12-inch crowbar, as well as a belt buckle and necklace stuffed into his gloves.

He was taken to Harborview for a mental evaluation, and it's unclear if he'll face any criminal charges.