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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Officers injured when man tries to steal police car

Two Bellevue Police officers suffered minor injuries early Wednesday when a man tried to steal their patrol car. One officer was knocked down and the second was dragged a short distance when the suspect, a 22-year-old Enumclaw man, threw the car in reverse, but they were still able to stop him and take him into custody.

At 12:32 a.m., the man walked out of Overlake Hospital after being admitted. He walked to the intersection of 116th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 10th Street, where the officers were performing traffic control for a road construction crew. This involves keeping a patrol car running, with its emergency lights on, to encourage motorists to drive slowly.

The officers were standing by the car when the man walked past them and jumped into the driver's seat. Both officers immediately took action, one calling in backup at the same time. With the driver's door still open, the suspect tried to speed backwards on 116th before he was stopped. .

One officer was knocked down by the open door, suffering injuries to his head, back and hands. The second officer twisted his knee when he was dragged. Both were treated and released from Overlake.

The suspect was expected to be booked into King County Jail for attempted motor vehicle theft, resisting arrest and two counts of third-degree assault.

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Officer Seth Tyler
Phone: 425-452-4129
E-mail: bellevuepd@bellevuewa.gov

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