EDMONDS, Wash. — Edmonds police said a driver who failed to pull over during a traffic stop fled, crashed and then backed into the pursuing officer’s patrol car before fleeing again.
Police said an Edmonds officer tried to pull over a car at Olympic View Drive and Wharf Street that had an expired license and appeared to have been in a recent crash Wednesday.
Instead of stopping, the driver fled and crashed a few blocks away, police said.
The officer said after the crash, he stopped his patrol car about 30 feet behind the suspect’s car. That’s when the driver put the car into reverse and intentionally backed into the patrol car, shoving the front push bars into the grill and pulling the molding off the wheel well, according to Edmonds PD.
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The officer was not hurt.
The suspect then sped away. Police said another Edmonds officer found the car but ended a brief chase when the fleeing driver reached high speeds that made it unsafe to continue.
The vehicle was found again in the 22100 block Locust Way by a Snohomish County Sheriff's deputy. The driver had run from the car but was found hiding in a nearby tree by an Edmonds PD K-9 unit.
Police said the driver, a 27-year-old Lynnwood man, was arrested for investigation of eluding a police vehicle and vehicular assault.
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