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Man driving stolen car slams into police cruiser before stealing another car and hitting bus

By Mason White 1:16 PM December 6, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A man was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly stealing a car and slamming into a police cruiser, police in Washington said.

Seattle police said that they arrested the 34-year-old man, who was not identified, after leading police on a high-speed chase and damaging numerous vehicles.

According to the police investigation, witnesses called them just before 10:30 a.m. on Friday, saying that there was a car hidden behind some bushes in Ursala Judkins Viewpoint Park.

Arriving officers checked the plate and discovered it belonged to a stolen car. They then tried to contact the man who was in the car’s driver seat, and he put it in gear and sped off.

Officers followed the stolen car as it raced through a fence and into a patrol car.

Officers briefly lost sight of the car until they saw a large plume of smoke above it while driving on just its rims in the 100 block of Elliot Avenue W.

Officers called off the pursuit due to the suspect’s increasingly reckless behavior.

Officers followed a trail of damaged cars and a city bus until they spotted the suspect’s stolen car outside a parking garage near 1 Avenue and Bell Street.

Another victim called police minutes later after the same suspect pulled him from his van and sped off from a hotel at 2100 Alaska Way.

The suspect continued fleeing until he crashed into another car in the 3200 block 14 Avenue W., causing the van to catch fire.

The suspect exited the burning van and used a fire extinguisher to choke the flames. Officers eventually arrested the suspect not far from where he crashed the van.

Paramedics took the suspect to the Harborview Medical Center, after he suffered injuries as a result of the crashes. No other injuries were reported.