Report: Man who tried to ram Yakima County deputy vehicle arrested

Report: Man who tried to ram Yakima County deputy vehicle arrested

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Deputies have arrested a man after reports indicated he tried to ram a deputy vehicle with his car.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office reported police in Moxee tried to stop a car that was going at high speeds, Sunday morning.

Police said after the vehicle did not stop, officers attempted to deploy "Stop Sticks". The driver, identified as 23-year-old Austin Butler from Yakima County, continued to speed and failed to obey road rules, according to reports.

The police chase was halted for public safety after Butler drove into the City of Yakima.

A responding Yakima County deputy reportedly witnessed the speeding vehicle driving recklessly in a residential area, just a few minutes after the chase was called.

The driver then reportedly tried to ram his car into the marked patrol vehicle, barely missing it.

Washington State Troopers and Yakima Police Department officers responded and Yakima police were able to stop the vehicle with a Stop Stick. Authorities also used a Sheriff's deputy vehicle to render the man's car inoperable.

Butler ran away but was arrested after a brief scuffle with law enforcement, deputies said.

Investigators determined he had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

The suspect was taken to Yakima County Jail on charges of eluding, vehicular assault and several other misdemeanors.

Detectives continue to investigate this incident.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to contact the Yakima County Sheriff's Office at 509-574-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-248-9980 or online.

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