Seattle police released body-cam footage of officers rescuing a convicted felon from his burning car just before it exploded after a crash on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The driver had crashed into a tree while fleeing from police. Authorities said patrol officers first attempted to pull the man over for looking down at his cellphone while driving before he sped off.
When officers arrived at the scene of the crash, the driver was still stuck in his wrecked car. Police said the impact with the tree sent car parts and other debris flying, which damaged nearby homes and vehicles.
Body-cam footage shows an officer using a knife to cut the man’s seatbelt and pull him from the vehicle, just as the car catches fire. A second small explosion sent officers moving for cover.
Police said that rounds of ammunition in the car exploded due to the fire. A firearm and magazine were later located at the scene. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Firefighters put out the fire, and paramedics transported the driver to Harborview Medical Center. He was in serious condition. The man faces charges of eluding and unlawful possession of ammunition.
He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges of domestic violence, harassment, property damage and violation of a no-contact order at the time of the crash.
He will be arrested when he is released from the hospital.