Watch: Seattle police arrest man who drank gasoline during attempted burglary

When officers asked the suspect to exit the homeowner's vehicle, he began to drink gasoline out of a gas can

By Sarah Roebuck

SEATTLE — Officers with the Seattle Police Department responded to a home for a burglary, but when they found the suspect, he started to chug gasoline, KOMO reports

Police said the initial call stated someone with a wooden stick was trying to break into their home. When police arrived, the only person home was a teenager who was too afraid to answer the door. While officers were standing outside, they heard loud banging noises from inside the home. 

Officers then breached the front door and began their search for the suspect and the 17-year-old victim.

It wasn't long until officers found a man who was inside the homeowner's vehicle in the garage. As officers approached the vehicle, they noticed the man had both a gas can and a hammer in his lap. 

When officers asked the suspect to exit the vehicle, he began to drink gasoline out of the container he was holding.

Body camera video shows officers asking the man to exit the vehicle several times, but he refused and continued to drink more gasoline. Police eventually broke the driver's side window and removed the suspect from the vehicle. 

Once the man was in custody, officers found the teen on the second floor of the home and escorted her to safety. The 40-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail.

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