Suspect Steals Patrol Car Downtown, Arrested Minutes Later

A 36-year old man is in custody and facing several charges after taking a patrol car and driving it several blocks before he surrendered to officers.

Shortly after noon, officers were investigating a disturbance at 3rd Avenue and Pike Street when the suspect suddenly jumped into a running patrol car and drove away southbound.  After a brief pursuit, the suspect stopped and surrendered to officers at 3rd and Marion.  There were no injuries or property damage.  The suspect was arrested without incident.  He appeared to be under the influence, so a Drug Recognition Expert officer responded and evaluated the suspect.  A search warrant is pending.  Following that,  he will be booked into the King County Jail.