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MLK crash: A police search for a MLK Way driver who refused to yield after being spotted driving while using his phone ended with a fiery crash and rescue in Madison Valley on Monday night, Seattle Police said. SPD posted details of the chase and video from the crash scene near MLK and E Denny Way as a responding officer dragged the driver from the destroyed vehicle moments before it burst into flames. According to the SPD report on the incident, police attempted to stop the driver just before 10 PM near MLK and E Yesler. He reportedly sped away and crashed minutes later in the 1800 block of MLK Way where SPD found the street strewn with debris and the driver injured inside the destroyed vehicle. SPD says car parts and debris from the impact of the collision damaged nearby homes. SPD-released body worn video from a responding officer shows police unsuccessfully try to use an extinguisher as flames began to grow from the car’s engine.
Officers were able to drag the injured driver from the car just before it became fully engulfed. SPD says ammunition in the car also exploded during the fire. Seattle Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. Medics transported the driver to Harborview in serious condition. Police say the man faces arrest for eluding and, as a convicted felon, unlawful possession of ammunition, as well as a domestic violence-related warrant for assault in the second degree, harassment, property damage and violation of a no-contact order. There were no reported serious injuries to responding officers or a bystander who assisted in the rescue.
- Stabbing investigation: Police are investigating an incident as a possible self-inflicted stabbing after a 19-year-old with multiple wounds was brought to Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill campus urgent care at 15th and John just after 12:30 AM Tuesday:
Officers arrived and attempted to interview the subject, but his mother interjected and prevented them from contacting him. The mother then told officers a brief chain of events and refused to identify herself. Seattle Fire transported the subject to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in stable condition. Once at HMC, officers were able to interview the adult victim without the mother present. South Precinct attempted to locate a possible scene but were unable to.
SPD says the various accounts of what happened didn’t line up. “It is unknown if the subject was being truthful in what he reported due to his reporting shifting, his intoxication, and his versions of events was not the same as his mother’s,” a brief on the incident reads.
- Safeway drug heist attempt: Police say a duo believed to have been responsible for a similar attempted heist an hour earlier downtown jumped the counter and attempted to steal drugs from the pharmacy at the 22nd and Madison Safeway in a Saturday morning robbery. According to the SPD report on the incident, the two suspects entered the store around 10:30 AM, jumped the pharmacy counter, and demanded and physically forced the employee to open the time lock safe. “Unsuccessful due to impatience, they demanded Promethazine and Codeine and were unsuccessful again as the pharmacy does not carry that product,” the SPD report reads. The thieves fled with several boxes of Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction, and were reported fleeing the area on foot. A police dog attempted to track but the suspects were not found. SPD says the same two likely tried to hold up a pharmacy in West Precinct around 9:30 AM. They got no drugs in that haul, making off with only $100 in cash, SPD says.
- Garbage chute ‘self extrication’: A Seattle Fire major “rescue extrication” callout was fortunately canceled Saturday afternoon after a man reported stuck in an E Madison building garbage chute was able to “self extricate,” the fire department said. According to Seattle Fire, units were dispatched to the Lawrence Lofts building at 19th and Madison around 3:30 PM Saturday for the rescue effort. Arriving firefighters found two major chutes in the building for garbage and recycling and began clearing the area below for a person believed to be stuck reported by a witness near the 6th floor. But the callouts was quickly canceled when the person was able to get out on his own. SFD and Seattle Police had no details on how the victim, reported as a man in his 30s, may have ended up in the chute. Seattle Fire said the man was in stable condition and did not require hospitalization.
Crews are investigating reports of a person stuck in a garbage chute near the 1800 block of E Madison St. Please avoid the area @SDOTtraffic
— Seattle Fire Dept. (@SeattleFire) October 9, 2021
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