Deputies: Man intentionally rams truck into Highline hospital

by: Terra Sullivan Updated:


BURIEN, Wash. - A man who had been involuntarily committed to Highline Hospital for mental issues just two days earlier intentionally rammed his truck into the hospital this morning, deputies say.

According to the King County Sheriff's Office, the incident began just after 7 a.m. this morning. A man drove his truck and crashed through the old emergency room entrance of the hospital. 

A worker at the hospital tells us this entrance is still used by employees for labs and that there is someone usually stationed at the desk at the entrance but they were not sitting there this morning when the crash

happened. Deputies say the man in the truck had been involuntarily committed on Thursday and may have still been upset about that. After hitting the building with his truck, deputies say the man led officers on a

brief pursuit that ended when deputies performed a pit maneuver near Southwest 146th and Fourth Avenue Southwest Deputies pepper sprayed the man and took him into custody.

Authorities will continue to investigate the incident.