Edmonds K-9 unit catches suspect in Ballinger Way pursuit early Monday


Updated with King County Sheriff’s Office information

Edmonds police officers assisted the King County Sheriff’s Office in a pursuit early Monday morning, and Edmonds’ K-9 unit ended up catching the suspect after he fled the scene.

According to the sheriff’s office (which contracts with the City of Shoreline) , the pursuit began at approximately 1:43 a.m. in the area of North 185th and Aurora Avenue North, when an officer attempted to pull over a car for a traffic infraction. Although the officer was in a fully marked police car with all emergency equipment turned on, the suspect made no attempt to stop,  at times driving into oncoming traffic lanes and reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.

At one point the driver attempted to cross the raised medium separating the eastbound and westboundlanes along Ballinger Way/North 205th, and ran into some bushes and cinder blocks in the front yard of an Edmonds residence.

Edmonds Police Sgt. Don Anderson said the suspect crashed his vehicle at 7007 Lake Ballinger Way.  “The driver fled on foot in a northerly direction toward Edmonds,” Anderson said. The King County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit worked for an hour to track the suspect, but were unsuccessful. Edmonds police offered the use of its own K-9 unit (Officer Hawley with Police Dog Dash) and the K-9 team located the suspect hiding in a yard in the 7100 block of Lake Ballinger Way, Anderson said.  

The suspect was turned over to King County Sheriff’s officers, who took him to Swedish/Edmonds hospital for treatment. The suspect was then released into Shoreline police custody, where he was subsequently booked into the King County Jail for investigation of felony eluding, driving with a suspended license and willful intent to evade license tax.

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