Police say a 28-year-old man wanted on an outstanding felony burglary warrant assaulted two police officers and a citizen yesterday afternoon in West Seattle -- part of a traffic stop that quickly turned bizarre.
The suspect, who was arrested after a struggle with the aforementioned cops and citizen, was pulled over driving a black Kia, though his choice of economical yest stylish Korean transportation isn't of real importance in the overall scheme of things.
According to Seattle police, it all started at approximately 4:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon when a uniformed female officer witnessed a dude in a black Kia run a red light at California Avenue SW at SW Charlestown Street and then nearly strike her patrol car. This act of negligence, naturally, inspired a traffic stop. As is customary in such situations, a patrol sergeant responded as backup.
That's when the craziness started. According to the SPD "Blotter" blog:
Upon further investigation it was discovered that the suspect had no driver's license and no identification on his person, and provided a false identity to the officer. At one point during the stop the suspect attempted to drive away from the scene at which point the officer physically intervened to stop him. A struggle ensued between the officer and the suspect at which point the sergeant intervened. An adult male citizen who observed the altercation jumped in to assist the officers. The suspect was eventually taken into custody.
The officer, the sergeant and the citizen were all injured in the struggle. The citizen was examined by fire department medics and released from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries. The female officer and male sergeant were also examined by medics at the scene and subsequently transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of their non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was not injured.
As if all of that wasn't enough, the suspect was found to be in possession of narcotics, not to mention being wanted on the outstanding felony burglary warrant. Police say he was booked into King County Jail on two counts of felony assault of an officer, one count of felony assault of a citizen and the already-pending charge of burglary.