Drunk driver crashes vehicle during Bellevue police chase

21-year-old driver arrested for several crimes.

A Bellevue man was arrested for numerous crimes after he fled from police in a stolen vehicle on Jan. 18.

At about 3:15 a.m., a Bellevue police officer ran a routine records check on a license plate of a vehicle. The check revealed that the car had been reported stolen from Everett on Jan. 15, according to the Bellevue Police Department’s Bellevue Beat Blog. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, and the driver refused to stop.

A short chase ensued, which ended in the Eastgate neighborhood when the suspect crashed the vehicle in the parking lot of the Crossroads Bible Church. After the crash, the suspect attempted to flee on foot, however responding officers quickly captured him. The suspect suffered minor injures as a result of the crash and was treated at the scene by Bellevue fire personnel. No officers were injured.

The driver, a 21-year old Bellevue resident, was booked into jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, DUI, driving while license suspended, failure to obey a police officer, hit and run, possession of drug paraphernalia and outstanding arrest warrants. Portions of the chase were captured by Bellevue traffic cameras (video).

As is the case with all pursuits, Bellevue police will be conducting a thorough review to ensure that this chase fell within the department’s pursuit policy, which is designed to minimize the risk to the public, officers and suspects, according to police.