Police arrest two men during failed vehicle theft
March 20, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 5:45 p.m. March 20, 2009
Issaquah officers arrested two men whose attempt to steal a sport-utility vehicle today was foiled by a red light.
The owner of a Toyota 4Runner reported the vehicle stolen from The Timbers at Issaquah Ridge apartment complex, 23425 S.E. Black Nugget Road.
While police were collecting information from the owner at 11:50 a.m., two officers in a police cruiser spotted the 4Runner nearby. As the officers turned their patrol vehicle around, the SUV fled north on East Lake Sammamish Parkway.
But traffic stopped for a red light at the intersection of the parkway and Southeast 56th Street blocked the suspects’ route. The suspects instead barreled across a curb and a sidewalk, and attempted to drive up an embankment. The embankment was too steep, however, and the driver of the stolen SUV backed into the police cruiser.
When the 4Runner struck the police car, the impact damaged the push bar on the front of the cruiser. The force of the impact also slammed shut the driver’s side door, injuring an officer’s leg.
The suspects, a 25-year-old man and a 40-year-old man, were then handcuffed and taken into custody. The injured officer was examined Eastside Fire & Rescue paramedics and released at the scene.
The suspects, whose names are not being released pending a court appearance, will likely be charged with possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver will likely be charged with third-degree assault of a police officer, Sgt. Scott Trial said. The driver was also wanted on a first-degree robbery charge.