King County deputies are searching for a male suspect who intentionally rammed a patrol car early Thursday before fleeing in South King County.
At 2 a.m. Thursday a deputy stopped to investigate a suspiciously parked pickup truck near the Maple Valley Heights Park at approximately Southeast 164th Street and 190 Avenue Southeast, according to a news release from the King County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our deputy made contact with the suspect who had been sleeping in the vehicle,” KCSO spokeswoman DB Gates said in the release. “While the deputy was trying to talk to the male, he climbed into the driver’s seat, started the truck, and backed out at a high rate of speed, purposely ramming the patrol car and disabling it. Luckily our deputy was able to get out of the way and wasn’t injured.”
The suspect fled in the truck but abandoned it about a half of a mile away, according to Gates.
The pickup had been reported stolen to Renton police on Jan. 31 and the license plates had been switched, Gates said.
KCSO conducted a search using K-9 units and the county’s Gaurdian 1 helicopter, but deputies did not locate the suspect, according to the release. They are looking for a white male, 30-35 years old, with short brown hair (possibly balding) and wearing a red flannel shirt.