SEATTLE - Officers with the Seattle Police Department arrested a suspected car thief in North Seattle on Wednesday.
Police said they spotted the 24-year-old man driving a stolen Subaru station wagon in the 11500 block of Stone Avenue North around 2 p.m.
When officers tried to stop the car, police said the man rammed them and collided with an unoccupied vehicle.
“The suspect kept driving, striking a police SUV head-on, severely damaging both vehicles,” police wrote in a blotter post.
Police said the man then tried to flee on foot and tried to scale a fence of a nearby cemetery, but officers grabbed him before he could make it over.
The man had a warrant and was carrying a stun gun and several modified car keys that are commonly used by thieves to steal vehicles, police said.
Police said the man is currently under Washington State Department of Corrections supervision and also has a suspended driver’s license.
According to police, the man said he believed if he drove recklessly, police would not attempt to stop him.
“When officers informed the suspect that they were just doing their jobs, he responded, ‘I’m just doing mine,’” police said.
The man was booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, attempting to elude and assault.
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