Two Tacoma police officers had approached a truck that had been reported stolen as two people were spray-painting the vehicle near an abandoned property on Sunday, Q13 FOX reported. But when officers got close, the pair attempted to flee.
“The driver quickly turned the vehicle on, put it in reverse, and then sped away,” Officer Shelbie Boyd told the station.
Tacoma police arrested a 23-year-old suspect believed to have struck two officers with a stolen car.
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Both officers were thrown from the vehicle as the driver fled. The officers were treated for injuries at a hospital and expected to be OK.
Police located the 23-year-old suspect in the stolen vehicle on Tuesday afternoon and officers initiated a pursuit, police said. As he tried to evade the pursuing officers, one officer performed a PIT maneuver and stopped the vehicle.
The suspect then led officers on a short foot chase before being taken into custody.
The suspect, whom police have not identified, was booked for possession of a stolen vehicle, felony elude, resisting arrest and two counts of first-degree assault.