Seattle man charged with running over trooper's foot, fleeing

A 25-year-old Seattle man had been living for a couple weeks in a stolen vehicle he used to run over the foot of a state trooper during a traffic stop on I-405 Monday morning.

The man, Joseph Victor S. Gill, was charged Wednesday with theft of motor vehicle, third-degree assault and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

His arraignment is April 23 in Kent. He was being held Wednesday in the county jail in downtown Seattle on $50,000 bail.

The trooper, a six-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, pulled over Gill at about 8:55 a.m. Monday for driving alone in the carpool lane in a 2012 Chrysler sedan near the Sunset Boulevard overpass.

During the stop, the trooper was notified the car had been reported stolen to the Port of Seattle police on April 2, although the actual theft from Alamo Rental Cars occurred on March 17, according to court documents.

In attempting to arrest Gill, the trooper ordered him to show his hands and get out of the vehicle. Instead, Gill ducked his head down, according to documents.

Two other troopers arrived, who saw the trooper holding his gun at Gill.   Gill drove off, turning into the trooper who was near the driver’s side door and running over his foot. The trooper was treated at Valley Medical Center.

The trooper fired his weapon, striking the Chrysler several times, according to documents.

“[The suspect’s] actions placed officers in fear for their safety and caused them to discharge their weapons at him,” according to court documents.

Gill took the North 30th Street exit from the freeway, crashing the vehicle on a steep embankment across 30th Street from Kennydale Elementary School. Witnesses estimated he was driving at between 90 and 100 mph, followed by troopers and officers from Renton and Tukwila.

The Chrysler jumped the curb and traveled about 50 feet up the steep hillside, out of view from below.

Gill fled down a steep hillside toward May Creek, but was captured at 9:15 a.m., 20 minutes after the initial traffic stop, on Jones Road.

Gill told investigators he fled the troopers because he saw they had their guns drawn and he panicked.

Renton police investigators have already spoken with some witnesses to the traffic stop, said Renton Police Detective Robert Onishi. But there may be other witnesses who have “critical details” who haven’t yet contacted police, he said. They should call police at425-430-7500 and refer to case number 12-3604.


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