Police: Bat-wielding man pepper sprays cop, sparks standoff

Police: Bat-wielding man pepper sprays cop, sparks standoff
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SEATTLE -- Police say a man wielding a baseball bat pepper sprayed a University of Washington police officer Monday afternoon before barricading himself inside a trailer and sparking a four-hour standoff.

Campus police first responded to reports at noon of a man swinging a baseball bat at a telephone poll outside a lecture hall near 8th Avenue NE and Northlade Place. An officer approached the man, at which point the man sprayed the officer with pepper spray, according to Seattle police.

The man, later identified as 50-year-old Matthew Allen, then ran to a nearby trailer hitched to a pickup truck and barricaded himself inside.

Seattle police negotiators and a SWAT team arrived moments later and began the process of coaxing Allen out of the trailer. Those negotiations went on until just before 4:30 p.m., when Allen walked out of the trailer and surrendered.

Allen was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of assaulting a police officer.

This wasn't Allen's first run in with the law this month. He was arrested on March 11 following a bizarre slow-motion drama at Colman Dock in which he drove around in circles for almost an hour demanding to talk to the governor.

The March 11 incident began at about 10:30 p.m. when Allen, who was driving a small truck and trailer, refused to pull over for a traffic stop on Alaskan Way. Instead, he drove through a gate at the Colman Dock ferry terminal and began going around in circles.

Ferry service to and from Colman Dock was suspended as a precaution as the man kept circling the terminal and shouting through his open window.

Eventually police threw down some spike strips. Allen drove over the strips, flattening his tires. He then took off on foot, but an officer nabbed him moments later.