Seattle Police arrest suspected drug dealer, whose car struck mother, 1-year-old child

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SEATTLE — Seattle Police have arrested a suspect who fled from police and whose getaway car hit a mother and infant near the Seattle Center Thursday evening, officials said.

According to Seattle police, the suspected drug dealer tried to escape arrest during an operation on the 400 block of Battery Street. The suspect took off on foot and eventually jumped into a waiting car.

Officers said they did not pursue the car because it was too dangerous.

Police said the suspect ran a red light and clipped a parked car near 6th Avenue and Denny Way. The car then continued onto the sidewalk, hitting a woman pushing a stroller with a 1-year-old inside.

Paramedics took the mother and her child to the hospital with minor injuries and said both were going to be OK.

Witnesses told Q13 FOX News that the driver took off running with police right behind him.

The suspect, described as a tall man in his 20s was wearing a white shirt and jeans. He was arrested by two officers just before 11:30 p.m. near the Seattle Center. He was booked into King County Jail on narcotic related charges and a warrant.

Police are continuing their investigations, and he will likely also be charged with hit-and-run.

There were three collisions, according to an eyewitness whose car was nearly hit.

The victim of one of those crashes said his car was smoking and he could smell gas, so he jumped out and helped the baby. He said it had a scratch on the side of its face and was bleeding, but otherwise seemed OK.

WATCH:  Raw interviews with witnesses at the scene


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