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December 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Driver arrested after patrol car rammed in Eastlake

Seattle police say they arrested a 25-year-old man who used a stolen car to ram a patrol car Friday morning in the Eastlake neighborhood.

The incident started when police were called to the 2000 block of Franklin Avenue East about 6 a.m., where a car was parked in the middle of the road with two men sleeping inside, police said. The car’s engine was running and the transmission was in “drive,” with only the sleeping driver’s foot keeping it from moving, police said.

Officers parked their patrol car in front the vehicle, then attempted to put the transmission of suspect’s car into “park.”

That awoke the man in the driver’s seat, and he backed the vehicle up several car lengths before driving forward and ramming the patrol car and another vehicle parked along the street. The officers were not hurt.

The driver then ran from the car, only to be captured by the officers, police said.  Police are still seeking the passenger.

The officers discovered that the car had been stolen and impounded the vehicle.

The driver was booked into King County Jail on investigation of theft and malicious mischief.

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