An 18-year-old man driving a stolen garbage truck early Tuesday morning marauded through the Capitol Hill neighborhood, damaging cars, mangling about 10 bikes at a Pronto station and forcing the closure of several blocks of traffic.
Shortly before 6:40 a.m., the truck’s fuel tank was punctured during its rampage. Diesel fuel began leaking from the truck as it drove, covering several blocks until the driver hit another garbage truck. The stolen truck’s fuel tank ignited and flames could be seen spewing from its side. The fire was quickly extinguished.
After the crash, police chased down the suspect on foot and arrested him. He was taken to the East Precinct. The suspect was booked into the King County Jail on investigation of auto theft and malicious mischief, according to the Seattle Police Department’s blotter.