South Seattle

Police: Car hits man after chasing him across Seattle park

SEATTLE -- Officers reviewing security footage taken from a nearby apartment building watched as a man ran into Othello Park Tuesday afternoon followed by a small blue sedan. The video shows the car follow the man down an embankment and across the park, leaving tire marks in the grass. The car and the man go off camera for a few moments before the car reappears and drives out of the park.

In those few off-camera seconds, the car allegedly hit the man with its bumper, according to the Seattle Police Department. But because the victim doesn't want to press charges, the suspect is only being cited for misdemeanor reckless driving.

According to the report, the incident started shortly after 12:30 p.m. when a driver had to pull over because a blue sedan was driving erratically and going around a traffic circle in the wrong direction. The driver called 911 and told the dispatcher she saw the sedan follow a pedestrian into Othello Park and hit him with its bumper before driving away.

Officers arrived and found the sedan, with grass and sod stuck to it, in a nearby parking lot. According to the report, a man sitting in the passenger seat of the car was mostly uncooperative, only saying he had been in an altercation with another man at a gas station.

Officers found the victim in the area, as well. He was also uncooperative but said the suspect had chased him in the sedan and hit him with it. The victim had grass stains on his knees but no visible injuries. He didn't want to press charges.

The case for reckless driving has been referred to the City Attorney's Office.