Ammunition explodes inside burning car as Seattle police pull man out of rubble
Seattle police released bodycam video of officers running toward the wreckage of a burning car and pulling the driver – a convicted felon – to safety after they said he was trying to escape from police on Monday night from a tree. had collided.
Patrol officers first noticed the man staring at his cellphone while he was driving a white sedan on Martin Luther King Jr. the police said. When officers tried to stop him, the driver sped away.
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The car was later located in the area after hitting a tree on a residential road. The driver, whose name was not immediately released, was still inside the damaged sedan when officials arrived.
The impact of the collision caused parts of the car, including a tyre, to fly across the road and into a nearby fence. Police said the debris also damaged an abandoned vehicle and at least two houses.
bodycam video shows An officer runs up to the driver and pulls out a knife to cut the person’s seatbelt as the car catches fire. Officers and a bystander are seen pulling the man to safety before flames engulfed the vehicle.
Police said that rounds of ammunition in the vehicle started bursting due to fire. No one was injured during the blast and police later recovered a firearm and magazine from the scene.
Seattle firefighters put out the fire and paramedics took the driver in critical condition to Harborview Medical Center.
Police said the man would be arrested when he is released from the hospital.
He is charged with possession and illegal possession of ammunition.
The driver also had a warrant for his arrest at the time of the accident, which included domestic violence-related warrant for assault in the second degree, harassment, property damage and breach of a no-contact order.