Pursuit turns into Federal Way manhunt

by: Alison Grande Updated:

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A Federal Way neighborhood was under siege Tuesday night as police searched for a wanted man.

Investigators say it started when police in Lakewood tried to stop a stolen Dodge Neon.

Instead, the driver took off, leading police on a nearly 30-mile pursuit. The driver exited onto South 320th street in Federal Way.

Federal Way police Commander Chris Norman told KIRO 7 how they finally stopped the stolen car.

  “Officers were able to spike one of the tires on the stolen vehicle and they also executed a pit maneuver,“ said Norman. 

The car stopped at South 288th Street and Military Road.  Police arrested the passenger, but the driver ran.

Police searched for the suspect using King County’s Guardian Two helicopter and police dogs on the ground.

Neighbors wondered what was going on and watched out their windows.

Robert Bass hoped no one would get hurt.

“Not even the guy that’s running. That would be the best, “ said Bass.

The suspect ran through yards and knocked down fences.  Police followed him.

Lori Beal had her fence broken.

“They went alongside our house and busted through the fence into the neighbor’s yard,” said Beal.

She first knew something was up when her dog started barking.

“I went to the front door. There were two cops and a canine German Shepherd," added Beal.

After two hours of searching, police gave up. They say they know who the suspect is, but weren’t ready to share a photo Tuesday night.

They say besides driving a stolen car and eluding police, he already had a felony warrant.

The passenger in the car was arrested and booked into jail.