Seattle police arrest RV driver after downhill chase — in reverse — that injures pedestrian

Jim Brunner

Seattle Times reporter

A 79-year-old man was seriously injured Monday after being wiped off the side of a motor home that was being backed up by a man fleeing the Seattle police force.

The incident began just after 2:30 p.m. when an officer near Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Andover Street tried to overtake the RV driver after failing to properly hit a red one, according to Blotter of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) Traffic light stopped.

The driver seemed to stop at first, but then reversed abruptly down a steep slope to the west, said the SPD. The RV narrowly missed the police patrol car, but hit an SUV and then reversed down Southwest Andover Street.

After crossing the intersection with Delridge Way Southwest, the motorhome wiped a tanker truck and then hit the 79-year-old pedestrian who, according to the SPD, was hospitalized in serious condition.

The motor home crashed into a building and its driver fled on foot, but was quickly captured by officers. After the arrest of the 47-year-old man, the police found that, according to the SPD, he had an arrest warrant for vehicle theft, reckless endangerment and bodily harm.

Officers found suspected narcotics in the man who was admitted to King County prison on suspicion of vehicle attacks, hits and escape, illegal possession of narcotics and for his arrest warrants, the SPD said.