Man arrested in hit-and-run of pedestrian, patrol car


OLYMPIA, Wash. - Police arrested a driver who they said hit and critically injured a pedestrian and then fled the scene in Olympia early Thursday.

Police said around 1 a.m., an officer was parked on the 400 block of East Fourth Street when he heard a car traveling at a high rate of speed heading eastbound.

The officer saw the car, which was later determined to be a white Acura, lose control and hit several parked vehicles, including the occupied police car.

  The sole occupant of the Acura got out of the car and ran.

 The officer who had been in the patrol car that was struck got out and ran after the driver, but he got away.

 Officers who were called to the crash scene discovered that a pedestrian was hit by the speeding Acura before it struck the parked cars.

 The victim was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Police later found the driver, identified as 22-year-old Ramsey Kira of Olympia, and arrested him on charges of vehicular assault.

He will be booked into the Thurston County Jail Thursday afternoon.

Police said they believe the drugs and alcohol may have been involved.