Police: Intoxicated Kirkland Boy, 15, Crashes Van on I-405 in Bellevue

The King County Sheriff's Office says the teen fled on foot after crashing on I-405 in Bellevue Saturday night. He was arrested after being located by a police helicopter.

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.  

3girls daddy December 15, 2012 at 03:01 AM
see why we have 11 on a jury?
Julien Thomas December 15, 2012 at 03:54 AM
The only thing I have to say is the mom of this boy is the strongest most amazing and loveable woman on this planet. I really don't care for all the negativity from people who don't know anything about this boy his mother or his family. I understand lives could have been lost because of the boys actions and that might piss people off but thankfully no one was hurt and now this boy can get some much needed help...help that he knows he needs and wants. I know everyone has hardships in their lives and that its no justification for what he did but you don't know this boy and what he has been through. Trust me for a 16 year old boy he has seen and been through ALOT! And his mom has ALWAYS been there for him as well as for the rest of her 5 boys. And if you people still want to put the blame on someone else blame me one of his older brothers that could have been there a little bit more for his baby brother.
Noone Important December 15, 2012 at 04:57 AM
I pray for your family and for all mentally unwell people to seek and receive help. Otherwise actions CLEARLY do affect many others lives. My own mom took her own life 2 days before Christmas when I was a child. I believe we all fare differently with stress. In helping your brother get help, and I say this with good meaning, expect more from him and find ways to challenge him to grow aiming high on goals that excite him. Love and support him but do not baby him through it or excuse things for him. It may have the opposite affect, perpetuating searching for boundaries. I do pray for the good in all of us to snuff out such pain in this world.
Greg Johnston December 15, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Thanks for having the courage to say that Julien, I hope you can be there for him now and give him the help a big brother can give. -Greg
Christian Huddleston December 16, 2012 at 05:45 AM
My prayers and thoughts go out to Beverly Santarelli. She just cannot let go of her hateful invective and irrational diatribe to actually improve people's lives. Her garbled syntax and grammatical errors make it difficult to take her seriously.


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