SEATTLE (AP) — An airline pilot accused of stealing a man's rental car during a bizarre chase has been arrested.
The 43-year-old pilot from charter airline Omni Air was arrested Saturday for investigation of vehicle theft and DUI, King County sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West said Monday.
A Bainbridge, Wash., man told police he got into his rental car at a hotel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and a stranger climbed into the back seat. When the victim asked the stranger what he was doing in the car, the man replied, "You know, you know," West said.
After a scuffle in which the man struck the intruder several times with a handgun, and a chase around the car, the stranger managed to drive away in the vehicle.
Officers found the missing car and a bloody man in a nearby parking lot.
Jeff Crippen, president and CEO of Omni Air, told The Seattle Times he didn't have the full report but planned a thorough investigation. The name of the pilot was not released.
"That's all we can do," he said. "I can't comment on anything else."
The pilot, from Tulsa, Okla., had been scheduled to fly to Tokyo on Sunday morning, West said. The flight was delayed 24 hours and took off Monday morning for Japan, said airport spokesman Perry Cooper.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating.