Police arrest man in downtown Seattle freeway tunnel, accuse him of climbing on automotive, assaulting officer

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Seattle Times reporter

Police arrested a man on trespassing investigations and assaulting an officer after allegedly walking into the lane of the Highway 99 tunnel in downtown Seattle and briefly stepping onto a passing car on Wednesday afternoon, the Seattle Police Department reported on his Website.

The incident occurred around 4:00 pm when emergency dispatchers received calls from “multiple 911 phones” in the State Route 99 tunnel, according to a statement posted on the department’s online bulletin.

“Based on what the man said, 911 operators believed the man was going through a crisis,” the statement said. “Almost immediately afterwards, motorists began calling 911 to report the man who was standing in the southern lanes of the tunnel, endangering himself and posing a danger.”

At some point, the man will be “jumped onto the roof of a moving vehicle and briefly held before falling on the sidewalk,” the statement said.

Officials trained to deal with people in mental crisis were called to the scene and blocked the lanes of the tunnel heading south for about 30 minutes while they contacted the man, the department said the statement said.

After the man “refused to leave the tunnel, hit an officer in the arm and tried to escape from the police,” he was arrested, the statement said.

Police took the man to Harborview Medical Center for treatment and planned to transfer him to King County Jail after he was released. The officers asked anyone “who may have damaged their vehicle” during the incident to call 206-625-5011 or file a report online.

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