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Car Thief Arrested After Ramming Police SUV

Officers arrested a car thief in North Seattle on Wednesday after he rammed a police vehicle and then tried to flee into a cemetery.

Around 2pm, officers spotted a 24-year-old man driving a stolen Subaru station wagon 11500 block of Stone Avenue North.

When officers tried to stop the car, the suspect rammed them, colliding with an unoccupied vehicle. The suspect kept driving, striking a police SUV head-on, severely damaging both vehicles.

The 24-year-old man then climbed out of his car and fled on foot, and attempted to scale the fence of a nearby cemetery. Officers grabbed him before he could make it over.

Police found the man had a warrant, and was carrying a stun gun and several modified car keys commonly used by thieves to steal vehicles. The man is currently under Washington State Department of Corrections supervision and also has a suspended driver’s license.

The man told officers he believed if he drove recklessly, police would not attempt to stop him, and seemed unhappy about having been arrested. When officers informed the suspect they were just doing their jobs, he responded “I’m just doing mine.”

Police booked him into the King County Jail for vehicle theft, attempting to elude and assault.