The chase began in Skyway just before 4:30 p.m. when a King County Sheriff's deputy spotted a man run a stop sign, according to the police report. As the deputy tried to pull the man over, the driver kept going, investigators said.
The deputy eventually came up alongside the driver, made eye contact, and then the driver sped up, according to the report.
Once deputies tried to box him in, the driver sped off again, striking one deputy's vehicle, investigators said.
The ensuing chase wound through the streets of Skyway and Renton and reached speeds as high as 70 mph, said Sgt. DB Gates with the sheriff's office.
Deputies then deployed spike strips, and silver sedan tore through a parking lot on flat tires and hit a couple of parked cars as it tried to get away.
"He came in through the front lot, took our curbing out, hit a couple cars, (went) out the back street," said Brian Carlson, who works at the nearby Matthewson Automotive.
The man's run didn't last much longer; police boxed him in at Taylor Ave. NW and Rainier Ave. S in Renton, about 10 miles later from where the chase began, according to the police report.
Deputies pulled the man from the car and hauled him off to jail for investigation of attempting to elude police, Gates said. He was later identified as 50-year-old Larry B. Smith of Seattle.
Gates says three police cars were damaged in the chase in addition to the two parked cars. No one was hurt.
TInvestigators are looking into whether the driver might have been impaired.