Turns out the truck and driver in this April crash into an apartment building on the Belmont-Roy curve have both been in the news before.
Chris Swanicke, 25, has been charged with one count of DUI and one count of hit and run following a Saturday night crash on April 21st in which police say his pick-up truck failed to negotiate the tight turn while heading up Belmont to Roy and crashed into the base of an apartment building. There were no serious injuries and Swanicke was taken into custody a short distance from the scene.
Earlier this year, Swanicke — and his truck — gained notoriety for a $800 tow when his vehicle was parked at a Capitol Hill apartment complex. A judge subsequently tossed the bill out but not before the incident brought to light some of the more distasteful practices of the Seattle towing industry and gained citywide attention.
Swanicke has pleaded not guilty to the DUI and hit and run charges. He will return to court in July for a pre-trial hearing.