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Officer Responding to Auto Theft Broadsided in West Seattle

A woman called 911 to report two men stole her car while she left it running in the 2700 block of 4 Ave. South.

Plain-clothes officers in the area quickly located the car and requested marked patrol units to stop the car.  When officers tried to pull the car over at 21st Ave. SW and SW Henderson St. the occupants jumped out and ran away on foot.  Officers flooded the area, but were unable to capture either suspect.

An officer responding to the call for help, made a U-turn at 35 Ave. SW and SW Barton St. using his lights and sirens stopping all traffic.  The officer had completed his turn when a vehicle broadsided the police car on the passenger side.

Seattle Fire Department medics responded and evaluated the officer, other driver, and her 11-year-old female passenger.  The girl complained of a headache and nausea and was transported to Harborview Medical Center via ambulance.  The officer was uninjured in the collision.

A Drug Recognition Expert was called to the scene to evaluate the driver who was eventually arrested for driving under the influence.

Officers continue to search for the original carjacking suspects. They are described as a mid 30’s white male, 6 foot, 180 pounds and unshaven. The second suspect is described as a 30-year-old black male, 6 foot and 180 pounds.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to please call 911 and speak with officers.