Police: Drunk car thief's hit-and-run rampage ends at police HQ

SEATTLE -- Police say a drunk driver went on a rampage through downtown Seattle on Friday evening that ended when his stolen car broke down in front of police headquarters.

A man driving what was later determined to be a stolen Mustang was first spotted driving the wrong way down 2nd Avenue just before 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

On 2nd, the Mustang crashed head on into an Audi that was being driven by a valet, according to police. The valet driver wasn't hurt.

Instead of stopping and exchanging information with the other driver, police say the man in the Mustang tossed a bottle of whiskey out of the window and sped away. He ran a red light at 5th and James and then crashed head-on into a Metro bus, according to police.

The bus wasn't carrying passengers at the time and the bus driver wasn't hurt, though the crash did damage both vehicles.

The Mustang driver once again tried to flee the scene, but his car was too banged up and it finally broke down in front of police headquarters at 5th and Cherry Street.

Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb happened to be leaving the office at the time and saw the Mustang come to a stop. He contacted the driver and told him to stay put until patrol officers arrived and arrested the man, who allegedly admitted to drinking eight shots of whiskey before his joyride.

The man, who has not been identified, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run and auto theft. He was booked into jail.