A distraught 41-year-old man was found cold and with a possible knee injury late Monday night at the Nile Shriners’ Golf Course, 6601-244th St. S.W., after hiding from police for hours.
The unidentified man was transported to Swedish Edmonds Hospital for treatment; he was not charged for any crime.
The incident began a little after 6:00 p.m. when a witness called 911 to report a possible DUI. “A witness said he saw the pickup truck swerve across 244th Street SW into oncoming traffic and then stop facing the wrong way,” said Mountlake Terrace Police Department Commander Doug Hansen. After briefly talking to the man, the witness reported he fled from the truck into the grounds of the Nile Golf Course.
“He was upset about being told that he had a terminal illness and just wanted to die,” the witness said of the conversation he had had with the Seattle man, Hansen explained.
Mountlake Terrace police officers searched the golf course and patrolled 236th and 244th Street SW in pursuit of the subject. “The man was located several hours later in a gully on the golf course surrounded by blackberry bushes,” Hansen said.