Thurston County deputy injured when struck by fleeing vehicle

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.

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.