Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Driver Arrested After a Multiple Vehicle Hit and Run on I-5
King County -- At approximately 4:52pm on December 7, 2016, the Washington State Patrol received reports that a vehicle traveling NB I-5 north of Michigan St. was driving erratically and striking other vehicles. The vehicle then exited to Columbian way after which it turned around and proceeded the wrong way down the ramp from the West Seattle Freeway to Columbian Way. While traveling the wrong way, the vehicle struck two more vehicles after which the driver fled the scene on foot. At this point the vehicle has struck at least 6 vehicles.
Numerous calls from citizens provided a great description and possible sightings of where the suspect may be running. The suspect then entered a business on Airport Way and locked the door at which time the employee of the business told him to leave. The suspect left and sat near the front of the business behaving erratically.The suspect then entered traffic on Airport Way and jumped on top of a vehicle and as the vehicle pulled to the side, the suspect slid off, breaking the side mirror. The suspect then forcibly opened the door of another vehicle and struggled with the driver. The driver took his keys and was assisted by another citizen to remove the suspect from the vehicle. At approximately 5:23pm, the Seattle Police Department advised that they believed they had the suspect from the Hit and Run detained at Airport Way and Horton Ave and requested the WSP to contact. Trooper Scott Madden arrived at 5:32pm and took the suspect into custody, advising that he matched the description of the driver of the Hit and Run vehicle.
At 6:50pm the suspect was transported to Harborview Medical Center followed by Trooper Madden. Through observations, admissions and other factors the suspect was placed into custody for DUI-Drugs. The suspect was identified as Stephen T. Brant of Greenbank, Washington. It was also determined that Brant was arrested and booked into the Island County Jail shortly after midnight on December 6, 2016.
Trooper Madden applied for and obtained a search warrant for blood from Brant and blood was taken into evidence for testing. Brant was booked into the King County Jail at approximately 1:42am on multiple charges after being medically cleared by Harborview.
The Washington State Patrol is seeking any additional witness or video of this incident to include the events after Brant fled on foot. Please contact Detective Mauro at (425) 401-7746 or by email at Victoria.Mauro@wsp.wa.gov.