WAPATO, Wash. - A 29-year-old Yakima man allegedly rammed a Yakima County patrol car with a stolen vehicle, high-centering on the deputy’s vehicle and continuing to press the gas.
Authorities believe the 29-year-old suspect was intoxicated when they tried to pull him over for a traffic violation near Branch Road and Wapato Road. They found the car he was driving was reported stolen out of Yakima.
The suspect fled the scene until coming to a stop in the 1000 block of Progressive Road.
A sheriff’s deputy got out of his marked car just before the suspect rammed the front of the vehicle, causing extensive damage as it became lodged on top. The patrol car was rendered “inoperable,” deputies said.
“The suspect continued to try and ram the patrol vehicle, but its tires lost contact with the roadway,” deputies said in a news release.
The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect tried to bite the deputies who were arresting him.
The suspect was already awaiting trial for a similar offense.
He was booked at the Yakima County Jail on charges of driving under the influence, possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license and assault in the first and third degree.
Wapato Police, Washington State Patrol and Yakima Nation Tribal Police assisted in the arrest.
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