Stolen car goes airborne during police pursuit

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
From Shoreline Police

On March 19, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. Master Police Officer Brent Naylor attempted to pull over a stolen Cadillac driving northbound on Aurora Avenue North from North 152nd Street. The suspect turned into the access driveway to Shari’s Restaurant and drove over three different C curbings. MPO Naylor turned on the lights and siren on his fully marked patrol car.

The suspect drove up into the Safeway parking lot and came to a stop close to the north doors. It appeared as though the suspect was struggling to take off his seatbelt. As MPO Naylor got out of his car, the suspect took off and turned right onto North 155th Street.

MPO Naylor pursued the suspect who turned into a residential neighborhood. At one point the suspect accelerated, ran the stop sign at North 165th Street and Ashworth Avenue North and continued eastbound. North 165th Street is marked as “Dead End.” The street has a sharp drop, and the roadway ends with boulders placed as a barrier.

The suspect crossed Ashworth Avenue North and went airborne. The front of the car hit the roadway as it came down nose first. The car then hit the boulders and rolled twice. Once the car came to rest on its tires, MPO Naylor could see the suspect place his feet outside the driver’s side window and flee on foot. MPO Naylor chased the suspect through yards and over fences. At one point as the suspect jumped a fence in the 16500 block of Densmore Avenue North, 

MPO Naylor shouted to a nearby citizen to grab the suspect. The citizen pushed the suspect from behind, and the suspect fell to the ground and was arrested without further incident.

The 44 year old suspect lives in Seattle. He was transported to Harborview Hospital for treatment sustained when the stolen car he was driving rolled.

The King County Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Reconstruction Unit will be handling the follow-up investigation and filing of criminal charges.

Our thanks to all of the citizens who stepped up to assist the officers. It is much appreciated.

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