Deputy hit by car before short chase near SeaTac

BURIEN, Wash. — A deputy was hurt before a short chase in the Burien-SeaTac area of unincorporated King King Monday morning.

It happened shortly before 6 a.m. on Des Moines Memorial Drive and South 144th Street.

The incident began when King County deputies were outside their vehicles trying to speak with a driver, but the man drove off, according to King County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Meyer. As the driver fled, one deputy was hit.

Deputies said the driver may have been impaired, but it’s still unclear what crime the deputies were investigating.

“It was enough of a concern that deputies took the initiative to contact him, and again, determine what exactly that hazard was. It was during that contact he fled,” said Meyer.

Deputies then chased the fleeing suspect’s car and pinned it between their vehicles a short distance away. The man got out of the car and ran, but deputies caught him and took him into custody, Meyer said.

Meanwhile, the injured deputy is expected to recover.

“Our deputy was transported to Harborview with non-life-threatening injuries. He’s one of our most esteemed members here in the sheriff’s office. We’re confident we’re going to see him back here pretty soon,” said Meyer.

A woman who was a passenger in the suspect’s car cooperated with deputies and was released, along with a dog that was in the car as well.

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