The Seattle City Attorney's office has filed charges against Seattle business owner Michael McConnell—owner of Caffé Vita and an investor in the Crocodile in Belltown—after he allegedly rear-ended a stopped car with his Mercedes near the Seattle University campus. McConnell then allegedly attacked the driver of the other vehicle and fled the scene.

Jonah has the scoop at SeattleCrime.com:

Both drivers pulled off of the road but, the report says, but McConnell refused to give the victim his information. The report notes the victim smelled alcohol on McConnell's breath.

McConnell's attorney—who was driving another vehicle behind McConnell—tried to intervene, the police report says, and told the victim "they would give him $1,500 to pay for the vehicle damages and not call police."

McConnel then "refused to pay any money," the report says, and walked away from the scene. According to the report, McConnell returned a short time later, grabbed the victim, and punched him "with both fists in the chest." McConnell then walked off toward the Seattle University campus, leaving his Mercedes at the scene. [...]

Seattle police arrested McConnell a short while later at Via Tribunali—which he also owns—and transported him to the East Precinct, where, the police report notes, McConnell refused a breathalyzer test.

SeattleCrime also notes that "a conviction for DUI could potentially affect McConnell's [liquor] licenses."

McConnell owns both the Caffe Vita and Via Tribunali chains, co-owns the Pike Street Fish Fry, and has stakes in Vellotti Pizza (which has yet to open), the Capitol Hill Block Party, and the Crocodile Cafe.