Deputies arrest suspect who reportedly rammed into patrol vehicle

Photo: Yakima County Sheriff's Office

NEAR WAPATO, Wash. - Deputies say they have arrested a driver who rammed into a patrol car.

A Yakima County Sheriff's (YCSO) deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation near Branch Road and South Wapato Road early Tuesday morning. The vehicle was stolen out of Yakima, according to YCSO reports.

As deputies conducted a high-risk stop, the 29-year-old suspect drove away in the stolen vehicle.

Deputies followed the suspect. Officers from Wapato Police Department, Washington State Patrol and Yakama Nation Police Department also assisted in the chase. According to reports, the suspect was on pre-trial release for a similar crime.

The stolen vehicle stopped at the 1000 block of Progressive Road. The driver then rammed the vehicle into a Yakima County patrol vehicle at a high speed as the first deputy was getting out.

The crash caused the stolen vehicle to high center on top of the patrol vehicle.

Reports said the suspect continued to try and ram the patrol vehicle, but its tires lost contact with the roadway.

Deputies were able to get the suspect into custody, during which the suspect tried to bite the arresting deputies, according to law enforcement.

Deputies said the patrol vehicle that was rammed is now inoperable.

No responding officers were injured to the point of needing medical treatment.

Deputies took the suspect to Yakima County Jail on charges of assault, eluding, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, DUI and driving with a suspended license.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call Yakima County Sheriff’s Office (509-574-2500) or Crimes Stoppers at (800) 248-9980 or report information online.

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