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Police: Intoxicated Kirkland Boy, 15, Crashes Van on I-405 in Bellevue

The King County Sheriff's Office says the teen fled on foot after crashing on I-405 in Bellevue Saturday night. He was arrested after being located by a police helicopter.

A 15-year-old Kirkland boy was arrested Saturday night after police say he crashed a van into a barrier on I-405 and fled the scene on foot—all while under the influence of alcohol.

The teen ran into a nearby storage yard, jumped a fence and tried to hide on a roof, police said. Authorities were able to spot the suspect using the King County Guardian 1 helicopter (see attached video at right). 

The incident began at around 9 p.m. when a sergeant with the King County Sheriff's Office spotted a red Ford van merge onto southbound I-405 in Totem Lake. The driver did not have his lights on and was driving erratically, police said.

When the sergeant attempted to pull the van over, the suspect refused to stop and eventually crashed into a barrier near the Southeast 8th Street on-ramp, police said.

After the foot chase, the teen was taken into custody and booked into the King County Youth Services Center. Bellevue Police and the Washington State Patrol assisted in the arrest, said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.

The boy, who was driving the van alone, faces charges of DUI and felony eluding, West said.  

Beverly Santarelli December 12, 2012 at 10:48 PM
me stop butterbuns?? i am not the one doing backround checks on people, that is a whole lot of crazy there
KMom December 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Oh Beverly, you put yourself out there and continued to set yourself up....Hang tight, let me notify the village...I found their idiot!
Jeanne Gustafson December 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I would appreciate it if you all would rein in the personal attacks. Otherwise, any useful information, such as what was recently posted above, gets lost in a sea of comments and won't be seen. I'm all for lively discussion, but it would be nice if it could be brought back around to the content of the article. Thanks, Jeanne.
ButteryMuffyn December 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Ok kids, enough. I just spent a few minutes reading back this whole comments section and it has totally gotten out of hand. I can't help but think that BS is actually just a kid (evidenced by the awful grammar and spelling errors, lack of empathy towards others) and everyone is just getting too worked up. Only Kmom seems to really know the details that we are all just assuming to know, because she is close to the family so might I suggest we all back off now?
Jenn in denver December 12, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I did read it. If you had read all of mine you would have seen that I agree with you & butter something. I also posted that I recognize you are trying to support your friend. I never said you amused me. I said the internet does. I belive that is what it was created for in the first place. I also said this back & forth, this venom spitting, makes me appreciate my community members. You have portrayed your own self in a very poor light. Instead of trying to prove yourself right educate ppl on the facts & allow ppl to use their own free will when forming an opinion. I mean really, what did you accomplish? Where did it get you? what would you do had she not agreed standing in front of you? Nothing at all unless you wanted to go to jail yourself. I don't need to look it up. I know juvenile cases are sealed in every state. I asked you those questions to provide you the opportunity to educate everyone. But you can't expect ppl to agree with you when you refuse to fully explain the situation. you complain they are uneducated & don't know the facts. You accuse & are mean to anyone who disagrees with you? How is that helping your friend? It should be more about them & less about you don't you agree? Good luck trying to convince the world your opinión is the only right one. I will donate. I hope others do as well. seems to me like this community needs a whole lot of help.
Jeanne Gustafson December 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Beverly, profanity, masked or otherwise, is not allowed in the comments, per our terms of use, which you can read on any Patch site. Your last comment has been deleted.
Aleksandr Carroll December 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Agreed jeanne, this boy and his family are close personal friends of mine. jis mother doesnt keep alchol in the house, she doesnt even drink all of you are attacking a 15 year old boy for a stupid mistake. Yes he could have killed himself and or others, yes what he did was wrong but his is no longer doing anything to you so would you all kindly shut your mouths. Thank you and have a nice day.
Beverly Santarelli December 12, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I am not attacking this boy , I wish him and his family the best, but i will not stand by while others attack me, because i do not see things their way, i will keep him and his friends and his family in my prayers,,, as far as my gutter mouth jeanne i wish to say sorry, some of these people get me so mad, and i have stooped to their level and for that i am sorry
Jeanne Gustafson December 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I appreciate that, Beverly. Obviously there are a lot of high emotions here. You are welcome to share your opinions, as are the other commenters, but let's all try to be mindful about how we present them, please.
Jenn in denver December 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Jeanne, are you like a real live watchdog on this site? Way cool! Nice to know they really do exist. As for me, I'm out. I don't like how childish this has gotten or how I'm lowering myself to it. I'm gonna take the high road, be the better person. Anyone care to join me? Plus my kids just got home. Time to change focus. Kmom & butter buns plz let your know that others are thinking of her & she isn't the only one who has had to carry the weight of their child's actions.
KMom December 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Jenn, I appreciate your comments (not being sarcastic). It's not my job to educate these people. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but when it's in written form on a public domain, there will be people being challenged. I never said my opinion was the only one and you did not read the entire thread thoroughly if this is your take on it. This situation should be looked at seriously, based on facts. There were many people posting here with great information, Beverly was just not one of them.
Beverly Santarelli December 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I am right behind you jenn,,, its just a shame that people can not voice there views on this sight, with out all this crap, off to the high road, much luck and blessing to the family peace out
ButteryMuffyn December 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Oh dear Lord, that was all quite something! Jenn, you are absolutely right, time to change focus. Kmom, I hope the family of this young man, and his friends, get all the support they need, life is difficult at the best of times. BS, I'm pretty convinced that you ARE a kid, and if that is the case, I hope you continue to have a great life and work hard at school. If I'm wrong, and you are in fact an adult, well, have a great life!
Heidi Dean December 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Yikes! I can't believe this ridiculous argument is still going. I'm used to seeing stuff like this on parenting websites where it's a bunch of women who are all crazy hormonal because they're pregnant/trying to get PG/just gave birth or who are insanely tired from wrangling children and/or balancing work/home life. I didn't realize even men could act this insane. I'm glad nobody was hurt. I hope the boy and his family are able to get help. End of story.
Jeanne Gustafson December 13, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Come on, Hdhdh. You know we can't let that language stand here. Please express yourself without the profanity.
Edward A. December 13, 2012 at 06:00 AM
I missed the fun, but why is Beverly's post that starts with "you do kmom. you are also a bully..." still up here? Is the word "shit" ok?
Jeanne Gustafson December 13, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Edward, we try to moderate as best we can, but are human also. Please feel free to flag comments you find inappropriate or offensive to help the community self-police itself. In most cases, a reminder of the rules is typically sufficient when conversation gets out of hand, but if I see profanity or personal attacks, I exercise the discretion afforded to me as an editor here. Sorry if a previous comment offended you. You can see all the details of Patch's terms of use here: http://sammamish.patch.com/terms
Edward A. December 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Frankly, "bad words" just don't bother me, and I'd never flag a comment as inappropriate, unless it was threatening or advocating violence, or divulging personal information, or something like that.
ButteryMuffyn December 13, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Having read his comment I would assume Hdhdh is an illiterate 10 yr old. Sad really.
John December 13, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Anyone commenting on here ever been a 15yr old? Ok...were you ever in trouble? Coming from a broken home, and having been in a lot of trouble between the ages of 13-17, and having a lot of time to reflect on the poor decisions I made, I feel I can accurately and confidently say that at 15yrs old, the tools to deal with problems in life are not fully developed. Even less so when you come from a broken home. Both the kid and parent have choices to make from this point forward. The kid made a bad choice and fortunately for him he didn't hurt anyone, and he will pay some consequences for that choice. He and the parent(s) are at a fork in the road so to speak. You can't fully blame the parents, and you can't fully blame the kid for his dumb choice, he obviously isn't being taught good decision making skills at home. One, he will continue down the rocky road, or two, someone will talk some sense into him.
john doh! December 14, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Why must all of you be critics? Just read the article and soak up an interesting story. Let's not start chain comments for everlasting bickering in the spare time of all your so simplistic lives. Please leave me a million responding comments on how wrong I am, ill be happy to reply when my life is on the same page as yours.
Just Reading December 14, 2012 at 05:57 PM
People are so ignorant. Please stop and see what pain this kid and his mom are going through. I was suicidal and lashes out at my Mum (no when I was a teen and I never escalated to violence) and it is extremely difficult to feel helpless. Yes I know help is out there but sometimes people juat feel lost. Pleaae stop yoir bitching at each other on here. It's tradegic and yes it could have been so mu h worse but now there might be a chance for this family to heal.
Hocky December 15, 2012 at 01:05 AM
To Missy Kirkland - and because of all you say we are supposed feel sorry for him? Im not the SOB is lucky he didn't kill anyone. I believe the father of the family he also hit should be allowed to beat the living crap out of him
3girls daddy December 15, 2012 at 02:52 AM
good mature answer butterfly....rational without anger see that is what adults do lets all learn!!
3girls daddy December 15, 2012 at 02:54 AM
mature response Niki! thank you for adult advice rather than immature rantings!
3girls daddy December 15, 2012 at 03:01 AM
see why we have 11 on a jury?
Julien Thomas December 15, 2012 at 03:54 AM
The only thing I have to say is the mom of this boy is the strongest most amazing and loveable woman on this planet. I really don't care for all the negativity from people who don't know anything about this boy his mother or his family. I understand lives could have been lost because of the boys actions and that might piss people off but thankfully no one was hurt and now this boy can get some much needed help...help that he knows he needs and wants. I know everyone has hardships in their lives and that its no justification for what he did but you don't know this boy and what he has been through. Trust me for a 16 year old boy he has seen and been through ALOT! And his mom has ALWAYS been there for him as well as for the rest of her 5 boys. And if you people still want to put the blame on someone else blame me one of his older brothers that could have been there a little bit more for his baby brother.
Noone Important December 15, 2012 at 04:57 AM
I pray for your family and for all mentally unwell people to seek and receive help. Otherwise actions CLEARLY do affect many others lives. My own mom took her own life 2 days before Christmas when I was a child. I believe we all fare differently with stress. In helping your brother get help, and I say this with good meaning, expect more from him and find ways to challenge him to grow aiming high on goals that excite him. Love and support him but do not baby him through it or excuse things for him. It may have the opposite affect, perpetuating searching for boundaries. I do pray for the good in all of us to snuff out such pain in this world.
Greg Johnston (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Thanks for having the courage to say that Julien, I hope you can be there for him now and give him the help a big brother can give. -Greg
Christian Huddleston December 16, 2012 at 05:45 AM
My prayers and thoughts go out to Beverly Santarelli. She just cannot let go of her hateful invective and irrational diatribe to actually improve people's lives. Her garbled syntax and grammatical errors make it difficult to take her seriously.

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