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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 4, 2007

Mercer Slough is bad escape route for car thief

Bellevue Police Wednesday arrested a suspected car thief who tried to escape capture by swimming across Mercer Slough. The 46-year-old man was caught when he emerged wet and muddy from bushes near the slough.

At about 11 a.m. Wednesday, an officer patrolling the area of Interstate 90 and Bellevue Way sighted a car that, after a license plate check, turned out to be stolen from Seattle. When the officer pulled out to stop the car, the driver attempted to escape, but got trapped in a cul de sac near Enatai Beach Park.

The driver abandoned the car and fled. A 43-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was arrested at the scene.

Detectives, patrol and traffic officers began a search of the swampy area, where Mercer Slough flows into Lake Washington. Police borrowed a boat from Newport Marina to monitor the extensive shoreline to the east and south. KING 5 and KIRO 7 TV were given a suspect description so their helicopters could assist.

At about 11:26, the suspect emerged, wet, muddy and shaking, from the bushes in the 3200 block of 118th Avenue Southeast, on the opposite side of Mercer Slough from where he had disappeared. Several officers were waiting in the area, and they arrested him without incident.

The suspect was transported to Overlake Hospital for evaluation, then booked into King County Jail for possession of stolen property. The passenger was booked on the same charge.

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P.O. Box 90012
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Contact: Officer Seth Tyler
Phone: 425-452-4129
E-mail: bellevuepd@bellevuewa.gov

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