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Look Before you Leap! and Why it’s important to check facts even when you’re in a hurry!

March 31st, 2014 · No Comments

This editor apologizes for a post that reported on the wrong Standoff with Police. The Stand-Off with police that occured today took place after a man was striking a light pole with a baseball bat in the area of 8th Ave. NE and NE Northlake Way in the University District.

Here’s the story from

Washington News

Man in slow-speed ferry dock chase has another run-in with police

Credit:A man barricaded himself inside a trailer near the UW.

by KING 5 News

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Updated today at 4:49 PM

A man who barricaded himself in a trailer near the University of Washington on Monday afternoon is the same man who led police on aslow-speed chase on the Seattle ferry dock earlier this month.

Officers were called out just before noon that a man was damaging a telephone pole outside a UW lecture hall near 8th Avenue NE and Northlake Place.

Seattle Police say when University of Washington police attempted to contact the man, he sprayed an officer with pepper spray, ran to a small trailer hitched to the back of a pickup truck down the street, and barricaded himself inside.

Police say the man demanded to speak with state legislators and refused to come out of his trailer.

Police closed off foot traffic on the University Bridge and several streets between 6th Ave and 8th Ave NE along Northlake Place.

The man, identified as Matthew Allen, later surrendered to police.

The previous incident happened on March 12, when ferry passengers said a man was yelling obscenities on the route from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. A ferry worker asked him to be quiet around the children but he wouldn’t.

Allen tried to allude police by driving his truck and trailer in a circle over and over again for almost an hour.