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

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 6:15 PM

The driver who led police on a bizarre slow-speed chase last month was once again arrested at the ferry terminal Monday. When state troopers approached Matthew Allen, authorities said he took off running and jumped onto the ferry.  Allen was taken into custody inside the passenger cabin.

Over the past month, Allen has had several run-ins with law enforcement in King County. In March, authorities said Allen led officers on a chase in the parking lot near Colman Dock. He was arrested and later released.

Several weeks later, Allen was taken into custody following a standoff near the University of Washington campus. He’s accused of threatening police and spraying an officer with pepper spray. Court documents described Allen as a "flight risk” who could commit another violent crime. His bond was set at $25,000, which he posted.

According to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, charges have not been filed in the first case at Colman Dock. The Port of Seattle Police department is handling the investigation and is expected to hand over the findings later this week.

With his latest arrest, prosecutors wanted his bond set at $150,000. The court set it at $15,000 because previous case files were not in court at the time of Allen’s hearing. As of Tuesday night, he remained behind bars.

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