Flipped-car mystery in North Delridge

Police are dealing right now with what’s described in radio exchanges as a flipped silver Lexus RX SUV. It was reported in the lot downhill behind Ounces at the north end of Delridge – apparently having come down that slope. Dispatch said two people were trying to right the car and the person who called 911 was told “don’t call police.” Took a while to get officers there – initially no one was available, so they had to dispatch from another precinct, but canceled that when West Seattle officers became available. The first on scene reported finding the flipped vehicle, empty, no one in sight. It had temporary plates, and when dispatch ran them, they checked to the appropriate car, but we haven’t heard whether it turned out to be stolen or not – will have to check on that later this morning.

5 Replies to "Flipped-car mystery in North Delridge"

  • Flivver October 11, 2023 (6:48 am)

    The “don’t call police” is usually the plea from a driver that doesn’t want to be arrested for DUI. ALWAY’S call 911.

    • Blbl October 11, 2023 (8:42 am)

      Or maybe it was a simple comment acknowledging the police are the last people you should call in pretty much any situation. Especially one that is more appropriate for a tow truck driver. But who knows. Sounds like you may be speaking from personal experience, Flivver. 

  • Jay October 11, 2023 (11:30 am)

    A thief would just walk away from the wreck. If they were trying to right the car and drive off while saying don’t call 911, it’s absolutely a DUI. They fled the scene because they don’t want a DUI charge, and they were hoping to get the car off the street so they could sober up before reporting an accident. Drunk driving is so common in West Seattle, it seems like most people drive to bars.

  • KT October 11, 2023 (11:38 am)

    Exactly what was the SPD response time?

    • WSB October 11, 2023 (11:53 am)

      Don’t know when the call originally came in to 911, nor did I track the exact elapsed time. Just noting that the dispatcher asked repeatedly if anyone SW was available, then when they weren’t she had to assign from S, and before they arrived, at least one SW unit became available. It is not uncommon (and sometimes SW units are dispatched to other precincts’ calls too) – TR

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