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Three teenage females in stolen car arrested after assault on Sunnyside police officer

SUNNYSIDE - Three females, including two 17-year-olds, are in custody on a variety of charges - including assault on a police officer - after police stopped the stolen car in which they were riding early Tuesday, police said Wednesday.

Possible charges against an 18-year-old Grandview woman and the two Sunnyside juveniles range from car theft to escape, assault, possession of marijuana, eluding and obstructing a police officer.

The officer, Sgt. Kent Coffman, was not injured in the 7:30 a.m. incident in which the juveniles are alleged to have struck him while trying to free the 18-year-old driver.

According to a police department news release, the owner of a car left running outside a residence on Rouse Road reported her 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis stolen.

Coffman, the release said, located the vehicle on Washout Road, north of the city. He followed the vehicle onto Van Belle Road, where the driver sped away from an attempted stop.

The car ultimately stopped in the 7300 block of Van Belle Road and Coffman took the driver into custody.

It was then, according to the release, when the two juveniles assaulted the officer, attempting to help the 18-year-old escape.

Three other Sunnyside police officers arrived to arrest the trio.

The adult is in the county jail and the juveniles are in the Juvenile Justice Center, police spokeswoman Charlotte Hinderlider said Wednesday.

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