A 15-year-old Kirkland boy was arrested Saturday night after police say he crashed a van into a barrier on I-405 and fled the scene on foot—all while under the influence of alcohol.
The teen ran into a nearby storage yard, jumped a fence and tried to hide on a roof, police said. Authorities were able to spot the suspect using the King County Guardian 1 helicopter (see attached video at right).
The incident began at around 9 p.m. when a sergeant with the King County Sheriff's Office spotted a red Ford van merge onto southbound I-405 in Totem Lake. The driver did not have his lights on and was driving erratically, police said.
When the sergeant attempted to pull the van over, the suspect refused to stop and eventually crashed into a barrier near the Southeast 8th Street on-ramp, police said.
After the foot chase, the teen was taken into custody and booked into the King County Youth Services Center. Bellevue Police and the Washington State Patrol assisted in the arrest, said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.
The boy, who was driving the van alone, faces charges of DUI and felony eluding, West said.