Police: Gang member tries to run over man, endangers others

SEATTLE -- An admitted gang member tried to run over another man before speeding down rain-slickened West Seattle streets with his headlights off, endangering pedestrians and other drivers while eluding officers, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, a man called 911 to report seeing a car with its lights off hop a sidewalk and try to run a pedestrian over at Delridge Way Southwest and Juneau Avenue Southwest shortly after 6 p.m. Friday. The man reportedly had to run out of the way to avoid being hit.

Another witness called 911 a minute later to report two men threatening to shoot each other a few blocks from the earlier call. The caller said one man was in a car while another stood outside of it. And, while she didn't see any guns, both men appeared to be reaching for one.

According to the witness, the car drove off on Delridge Way going very fast with no lights on despite the road being wet and slippery.

Officers caught up with the suspect a few minutes later. According to the report, the suspect sped down side streets, ran stop signs, passed vehicles on the right and drove through a crowded parking lot while going 25 mph to 40 mph over the speed limit -- all without headlights -- in an effort to avoid capture.

Officers were able to get the suspect's license plate number when he got stuck in traffic at the intersection of 15th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Roxbury Street. The suspect eventually drove around the stopped cars, through the intersection and out of Seattle Police Department jurisdiction, according to the report.

The King County Sheriff's Office would later find the car at its registered address.

According to the report, the incident appears to be gang related. The same car was spotted at a shooting Jan. 1 in the same block of Delridge Way Southwest.

The Seattle Police Department is recommending charges of assault and reckless driving against the suspect.