Police arrested a 25-year-old man after he used a stolen vehicle to ram a patrol car Friday morning in the Eastlake neighborhood.
Officers were called to the 2000 block of Franklin Ave East when a resident saw a vehicle parked in the middle of the roadway with two men inside. The officers arrived just after 6 a.m. and found two men asleep in a car with the engine running and the vehicle in “drive”. The suspicious car was completely blocking the narrow residential street.
Officers positioned a patrol car immediately in front of the vehicle, as the only thing keeping it in place was the sleeping driver’s foot.
Officers attempted to put the car into “Park” as the man was roused from his sleep. The suspect put the car into “reverse” backed up several car lengths before driving forward at a high rate of speed smashing into the patrol car as well as another vehicle parked on the street. The officers retreated to avoid being hit by the car.
The suspect jumped from the car with officers giving chase. Officers caught up to and arrested the driver. Police are still seeking the passenger.
Officers discovered after tracking the VIN number that the vehicle was in fact stolen. Police could also see license plates inside the car, which appear to have come from other stolen vehicles. Officers impounded the car and will search it after a warrant is obtained.
Police booked the man into King County Jail on investigation of theft and malicious mischief.
Date of Incident 12/5/2014
Time of Incident 0604 First Watch
Event Number 14-403398
Location 2000 Blk Franklin Av E West Precinct
Reporting sergeant Sgt Snyder
Type of Incident Auto Theft/Malicious Mischief
Resources Deployed six patrol units, one K9 unit
Summary of Incident Two patrol units were dispatched to a call of two people sleeping in a vehicle that was stopped in the roadway. The responding units found the suspect vehicle stopped in the center of a residential street with the engine on and the transmission in drive. The officers put the vehicle into park and attempted to contact the occupants. As soon as the driver was coherent he put the vehicle back into drive and moved forward, striking the patrol vehicle but causing no damage. Both officers retreated and the suspect then backed his vehicle away. After backing several car lengths, the suspect the put the vehicle into drive again and accelerated forward until he struck the patrol vehicle and two parked vehicles. This collision disabled the patrol vehicle. Both occupants of the patrol vehicle then fled on foot. The driver was captured without incident. Only by checking the VIN was it was discovered that the suspect vehicle had been stolen. The plate mounted on it belonged on another, similar, vehicle. Another set of plates was seen in the suspect vehicle, which belonged on yet another similar vehicle.