Suspected motorcycle thief arrested after collision with SPD employee

SEATTLE — A 37-year-old suspected motorcycle thief was arrested Friday night on Capitol Hill after police say he rode past the West Precinct and collided with a Seattle Police Department employee’s car.

Officers say a man called 911 at 6:40 p.m. to report his motorcycle had been stolen from the 1700 block of Summit Avenue.

The man who reported that his motorcycle had been stolen told authorities he saw the suspected thief ride past his apartment window, police said. The victim was also sure it was his motorcycle because of the distinct orange color.

Ten minutes later, an SPD employee reported a man riding an orange motorcycle had struck her vehicle as she left the precinct, officials said. That person fled the scene and was caught several blocks away riding the motorcycle on the sidewalk near First Avenue and Pine Street.

Police said the owner of the motorcycle came to the scene, identified the thief by his bright yellow shirt and recovered his bike.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of motor vehicle theft, hit-and-run and driving under the influence.