UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Video of the crash scene has been added.
A high-speed chase across Capitol Hill ended around 6:45 p.m. this evening when a vehicle crashed into the northwest corner of the playground at Rogers Playfield.
Amazingly, there apparently was no one on the piece of playground equipment the car came to rest against. No one was injured.
The suspect in the chase was caught shortly after the crash.
Our affiliate news source, Capitol Hill Seattle, reports that the chase began at Bellevue and Pike after officers stopped the car’s driver. The car, followed by half a dozen police cars, raced down 10th, then west on Roanoke over I-5 before the car jumped the sidewalk, went down a rocky embankment and landed next to the playground equipment.
Witnesses said the suspect fled the car and started across Rogers Playfield before doubling back. Officers captured him a short time later.
Officers at the scene would only say the chase was “the result of an ongoing investigation.” Capitol Hill Seattle was monitoring police radio and reports:
According to East Precinct radio transmissions, the missing person investigation involves a woman reported missing to the Washougal police department a few days ago. When he was pulled over, the suspect told police he had just received the car from the woman but a plate check revealed that plates from another vehicle had been swapped onto the car. The suspect sped away east on Pike at 6:44 PM before heading up 15th Ave.
In fact, the plate on the front of the vehicle didn’t match that on the back.
Police quickled cordoned off the area and searched the vehicle, removing some items.
Tow truck drivers maneuvered the vehicle out between playground equipment and several large trees about 7:45 p.m. and towed it away, with several police cars following close behind.
Thanks to Justin at Capitol Hill Seattle for sharing his reporting on this story.