Thurston deputy's patrol car rammed during Rainier pursuit

Staff writerDecember 19, 2013 

Thurston County sheriff's deputies arrested a 31-year-old man about 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning after he rammed a deputy's patrol car during a pursuit in Rainier.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THURSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Thurston County sheriff's deputies arrested a 31-year-old man about 6:30 a.m. Thursday after he rammed a deputy's patrol car during a pursuit in Rainier, according to a news release.

A deputy had attempted to stop the erratically driven vehicle in the area of Tipsoo Loop Southeast near Rainier. The driver refused to stop and a chase ensued at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.

The suspect's vehicle drove into oncoming lanes and ran stop signs during the pursuit. The suspect then drove down a dead end road near 129th Lane Southeast and Rolling Hills Lane Southeast in the Rainier area.

The suspect then rammed the pursuing deputy's patrol car with his vehicle and drove through a yard. As the suspect attempted to ram the patrol car again, the deputy drove into the suspect's car, causing it to roll over.

The deputy then arrested the 31-year-old suspect, who was uninjured, on suspicion of attempting to elude a police vehicle, first-degree assault, and an outstanding state Department of Corrections warrant.

The sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital for an evaluation.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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