Two suspected car thieves were arrested this morning after they sideswiped a police car during a pursuit in Kent.
Kent police responded to the 11800 block of Southeast 204th Street around 4:19 a.m. after receiving a report that the occupants of a car were prowling mailboxes. Officers spotted a suspect vehicle and tried to block it in a cul-du-sac, according to Assistant Police Chief Pat Lowery.
The driver in the car drove around one police car and sideswiped a second before driving away from the neighborhood, Lowery said. Police pursued the car for about eight blocks before it turned into a private driveway, where both occupants took off on foot.
The two men were caught, Lowery said. The car they were in had been stolen from the same neighborhood earlier, he said.
According to Lowery, the vehicle’s passenger, a 29-year-old transient, was booked for investigation of multiple counts of possessing stolen property. The driver, a 25-year-old Kent man, was booked for inv estigation of possessing stolen property, auto theft and attempting to elude police, he said.