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Seven-mile police chase ends with K9 Boss catching suspect | POLICE BLOTTER

The following information was compile from Renton Police Department case reports.

A 28-year-old Seattle man led Renton Police officers on a 7-mile chase through downtown Renton and into Seattle on April 4 before he was finally apprehended by K9 officer Boss.

The chase lasted 8 minutes and 3 seconds, beginning on Talbot Road South near South Seventh Street and ending in south Seattle.

The pursuit of the stolen white Chevrolet Blazer started at about 4 p.m. on April 4 in the 700 block of Talbot Road South in south downtown Renton.

The pursuit continued through downtown on South Fourth Street in a residential neighborhood with several police units in pursuit. Traffic was light and there were no pedestrians.

The Blazer worked its way to northbound Logan Avenue, past the transit center at a speed of about 40 mph. The vehicle made it to northbound Rainier Avenue, accelerating to about 85 mph.

The chase was now in unincorporated King County, headed to Seattle.  The Blazer returned to Rainier Avenue; the driver never intentionally drove at other vehicles. Officers attempted a special tactic to immobilize the Blazer

The driver eventually lost control of the Blazer near South Garden Street in Seattle, striking a tree. The driver fled but was chased down by Boss, a Renton K9 officer, at Othello and Rainier Avenue.

Cocaine was found in the Blazer. The driver told officers he had purchased the Blazer for $100 from a “dude” who told him it was stolen.

The driver was arrested for investigation of possessing a stolen vehicle, eluding police and for violating drug statutes. He was booked into the King County Jail.

A Renton woman with him was treated for a head injury. She wasn’t detained and didn’t want to go to a hospital.

Who’s in there?

For about 25 minutes, an employee of a restaurant on 108th Avenue Southeast tried to get a customer to come out of the men’s restroom.

The sign on the door showed it was occupied and the only way to lock the door was from the inside.

It was getting close to 2 a.m., closing time, on April 4.

An officer knocked on the door several times, but no one answered.

The officer concluded he would have to force his way in. But the employee needed to get permission from a manager, who said OK.

Additional officers stood by.

For several minutes, an officer kicked the door repeatedly, tried to pry it open with a crowbar and smashed it with a sledge hammer. Finally, they got in and did an extensive search of the ceiling and restaurant.

No one had been in the restroom. Or maybe he escaped through the ceiling.

Brass fixtures taken

Someone stole brass covers from lights at Gene Coulon Park and four brass memorial plaques earlier this month.

However, city employees found the stolen goods, the brass covers near Kidd Valley and the four plaques in the north end of the park, next to the vehicle turnaround.

A city maintenance supervisor surmises the thieves discovered the covers and plaques weren’t made of expensive copper, so they were tossed aside. Or maybe it was simple malice.

Mower stolen

The theft of lawn mowers continues – one time, on April 3, an electric lawn mower and its charger.

The theft occurred in the 10800 block of Southeast 192nd Street.

A neighbor watched as two men carried the lawn mower from the backyard and place it in the back of a minivan. One man drove off in he minivan; the other one ran after it.

There’s been a rash of thefts of lawn mowers, some associated with a green Kia and two brothers, who are persons of interest.

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