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Seattle man steals empty school bus then rams cars and runs red lights before crashing: police

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A Seattle man stole a 33,000-pound empty school bus on Tuesday morning and fled officers as he ran red lights and “appeared to purposefully ram other vehicles,” according to the Seattle Police Department. 

The suspect, who has not been identified by police, allegedly stole the bus shortly before 8 a.m. in south Seattle before driving it through the SODO and Central District neighborhoods. 

A Seattle man allegedly stole this 33,000-pound empty school bus and rammed into other vehciles during a police chase on Tuesday morning. 

A Seattle man allegedly stole this 33,000-pound empty school bus and rammed into other vehciles during a police chase on Tuesday morning. 
(Seattle Police Department)

Officers pursued the man as he drove at speeds of up to 50 mph, swerving in and out of traffic and ramming multiple vehicles. 

The suspect eventually hit a King County Metro Bus and wrecked into a light rail station construction site near Judkins Park. He was arrested a short time later while running away from the crash. 

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Authorities believe he was a bus service employee but was not authorized to drive buses, according to the Seattle Police Department. 

The suspect, who police believe is a bus service employee, was arrested shortly after wrecking into a light rail station construction site. 

The suspect, who police believe is a bus service employee, was arrested shortly after wrecking into a light rail station construction site. 
(Seattle Police Department)

Several minor injuries have been reported as police work to secure the scene and interview witnesses. 

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“We’re trying to get this person charged with vehicular assault because of the intentionality of the crashes,” Seattle Police Department Detective Patrick Michaud told KIRO. 

Police responded to a third shooting incident Tuesday evening in the 200 block of Yesler Way in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Police responded to a third shooting incident Tuesday evening in the 200 block of Yesler Way in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.
(Seattle Police Department)

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