Police: Screaming driver rams 4 cop cars in W. Seattle

Police: Screaming driver rams 4 cop cars in W. Seattle »Play Video
One of the damaged patrol cars is shown.
SEATTLE - A 37-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning after he screamed at officers, deliberately rammed four patrol cars and led police on a chase through the streets of West Seattle, officials said.

The bizarre incident began shortly after 8 a.m. as two officers were completing paperwork in their patrol cars in the parking lot at Don Armeni Boat Launch at Alki, said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt.

As the officers watched, a man drove a blue SUV into the parking lot. He was hanging out the window, yelling and screaming. The two officers noted the strange behavior and went on about their business.

The blue SUV left the parking lot but returned moments later. The driver, once again, was hanging out the window, yelling and rambling unintelligibly at the two officers.

"It appears the driver was attempting to bait the officers into some sort of confrontation," Witt said.

The driver then sped out of the parking lot and headed west on Alki Avenue SW. The two officers followed at very low speeds.

Once the blue SUV reached 56th Avenue SW and Alki Avenue, the driver intentionally rammed a Seattle police lieutenant’s marked patrol car, Witt said. The lieutenant was not hurt but his patrol car was heavily damaged.

The suspect then turned and sped off eastbound on Alki Avenue SW. Police continued to follow the suspect as other officers set up spike strips near the 1600 block of Harbor Avenue SW in an attempt to stop the blue SUV. But the suspect was able to drive around the strips and continued east on Harbor Avenue SW.

A second set of spike strips were deployed on SW Spokane Street, near Delridge Way SW, and the suspect drove over them. He then continued on about a block and intentionally rammed three more patrol cars before one of them blocked his path, Witt said.

The SUV driver, identified as a 37-year-old West Seattle resident, was taken into custody without incident. Witt said he will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault and eluding police.

Records show that the same suspect was arrested and booked several days ago for investigation of hit-and-run. Details of that incident are not known at this time, Witt said.

None of the officers sustained visible injuries.

The incident remains under investigation. The suspect's name was not immediately released.