A Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy sustained minor injuries when he was struck by a fleeing vehicle early Wednesday morning, according to Lt. Clint Ziesemer of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
The alleged driver of the vehicle, a 50-year-old Olympia man, is being held at the Thurston County Jail on two counts of second-degree assault and eluding and will appear in court this afternoon, Ziesemer said.
The deputy stopped the vehicle, a flat-bed truck, on the 160 block of Nisqually Cut Off Road at about 1 a.m. and identified the driver as someone who was wanted on a felony warrant. The deputy asked the man to step out of the vehicle, but the man allegedly started the truck and quickly accelerated, Ziesemer said.
A protruding part of the truck struck the deputy, and he was knocked to the ground. He received minor cuts and bruises.
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The deputy followed the suspect on Martin Way at 95 mph. The suspect then headed south on Interstate 5 at 80 mph., and intentionally swerved and struck another pursuing deputy in a patrol car, Ziesemer said. The patrol car received about $5,000 in damage, but the deputy wasn’t injured.
The suspect exited onto Highway 101 and then Evergreen Parkway, where deputies stopped the truck using a spike strip. Deputies arrested the suspect.