Suspect Arrested After Officer Poses as Cab Driver
The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 33-year old Seattle man was arrested last Thursday (March 14) by a deputy posing as a cab driver after the suspect called a taxi in an effort to escape after running from police.
The incident started last Thursday morning just before 9 a.m. when a sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle for expired tabs in the area of SW 112th Street and 16 Ave SW on the border where Burien meets White Center (map below). The passenger ran on foot and hid in the area.
Deputies learned that the passenger, 33-year old Michael Kelley, had seven outstanding warrants for his arrest. While deputies were searching for the suspect, a cab pulled up looking for “Michael.” With the consent of the cab driver, one deputy got into the drivers seat posing as the cab driver and another laid down in the backseat.
The deputy drove the cab around the area until Kelley jumped out from behind a shed closely followed by a K-9 team.
Kelley was arrested as he tried to enter the taxi.
No word yet on if he tipped the driver or not.