Two Seattle police officers received minor injuries when they crashed into each other on their way to help a state patrol trooper in distress. A trooper spotted a man walking on the eastbound lanes of SR-520 near Montlake just after noon on Sunday, said patrol spokesperson Julie Startup.
The trooper approached the man to escort him off the freeway, but the man became combative. The trooper called for assistance, and several Seattle police officers raced to the scene to help out.
But while en route, two patrol cars collided at the intersection of 12th Ave. E. and East John Street on Capitol Hill, said Jeff Kappel with Seattle Police. Both officers, a man and woman, were taken to Harborview Medical Center to be checked out, and were released Sunday afternoon, Seattle police said.
Meanwhile, other units responded to Montlake and were able to help the trooper take the pedestrian into custody. The pedestrian was sent to a medic to be checked out; the trooper was not seriously hurt.
Startup says the pedestrian could face charges of criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
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