KENT, Wash. – A motorcycle rider who led police on a high speed chase through south King County Tuesday was eventually captured in a restaurant bathroom.
The chase, filled with bizarre twists and turns, began at 1:10 p.m. in Covington. A King County sheriff's deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle and made a u-turn to pull it over, the sheriff's office said. That's when the driver sped off into a neighborhood and eventually crashed into a tree. A man and woman jumped out and took off running.
After deputies set up a perimeter and called in their helicopter, a motorcycle was spotted with a man and woman on board. Deputies suspected it was the same people from the traffic stop and began to pursue them.
Speeds reached over 100 miles per hour on wet roads. After about ten minutes, the woman jumped off the back of the motorcycle and was taken into custody.
Video from SkyKING showed the man still riding the bike, weaving through traffic. He made it to northbound Interstate 5, then west on State Route 518 to SR 99. He went south past the airport and then through a tunnel under the airport runways.
He eventually made his way back to the Southcenter area where the bike appeared to have a mechanical problem. After pushing the motorcycle a few feet, the rider parked the bike and took off on foot, still wearing his white helmet.
He ran into the Claim Jumper restaurant bathroom where police arrested him a short time later. Police also allegedly recovered a weapon in the bathroom.
The man is a 25-year-old from Maple Valley with a domestic violence assault warrant. The woman is a 27-year-old from Maple Valley with no outstanding warrants.
The motorcycle was reported previously stolen out of Kent. Police were still trying to determine if the pair were involved in that theft.