Slow, 15-Cruiser Police Chase Ends in Burien’s Three Tree Point Neighborhood

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If sirens and police lights awoke you early Saturday morning, here’s why – around 15 or so police cruisers from multiple jurisdictions slowly pursued a stolen moving van style truck on a chase that started around 4 a.m. in Des Moines, then ended in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood.

Police used a spike strip to stop the stolen truck shortly after it limped along SW 172nd Street, then Maplewild Ave SW at around 25 MPH during the slow pursuit.

A suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect led cops on the chase, which started in Des Moines, went up I-5 into south Seattle, then back down around to where it ended near Three Tree Point.

BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer witnessed the somewhat surreal-looking chase around 4:25 a.m. as it passed his home on Maplewild at a very slow pace.

“The truck made a scraping sound as it passed the house,” Schaefer told himself as he wrote this story. “It sounded like either a tire was flat or the brakes were bad. The slow-moving truck was followed by at least 15 cruisers from different jurisdictions, all with lights ablaze.”

UPDATE 12/29/12 12:37 p.m.: Sgt. Dave Mohr of the Des Moines Police Department updated us at 12:36 p.m. with this info:

Pursuit started the pursuit at 3:37 a.m. on Pacific Highway South in Des Moines, when an officer observed a white box truck with no plates on it.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it didn’t stop. A pursuit ensued.

The truck was stolen in the city of Redmond on Dec. 27, and the pursuit went through SeaTac, Burien, Normandy Park, Kent, Seattle and then back into southwest King County (hence the large number of cruisers following it).

Several attempts were made with spike strips to stop the vehicle, which kept driving at slow speeds.

Ultimately the spike strips flattened two tires, and the vehicle continued at slow speeds until stopping at 33rd & Maplewild Ave SW in Burien.

Subject is a 45-year old male, who was booked into the SCORE Jail in Des Moines.

No further details were available at this time, but if we learn more we’ll update this post.

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6 Responses to “Slow, 15-Cruiser Police Chase Ends in Burien’s Three Tree Point Neighborhood”
  1. Greg Dill says:

    Glad Scott was able to interview himself for this story, giving us a first-hand account.

    • Fred Feiertag says:

      Strange story, more details will be welcome. That said, it seems odd that a vehicles traveling the speed limit is are referred to as in slow pursuit. The norm of speeding through the very residential three tree point neighborhood is disappointingly reinforced by these tiny lapses…

    • IraW says:

      Haha that’s pretty much exactly what I was thinking, but funnier.

      And I’m sorry, but when another town’s cops are slowly chasing someone through your town, that does not explain the fact that you decided to join them in their pursuit.

  2. Burienite says:

    The chase was an interesting listen on the scanner this morning.

    Scott- any idea if the truck was the box van that went missing as reported here?

    The picture on KiroTV’s site looks like it’s awfully simiar:

  3. taxpayer says:

    Was it really necessary to involve 15 police cars for an hour in this? Couldn’t some, like maybe 12 or 13 of them, have broken off and gone back to their regular patrols? This seems like an incredible waste of money to me.

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