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.

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2 Responses to “Police arrest two men during failed vehicle theft”

  1. Tim Dutcher on March 21st, 2009 8:10 pm

    It’s been a while since I publicly thanked our police officers and emergency responders, especially the excellent crew we have in the Issaquah/Sammamish area. So, “Thank You” from the Dutcher family! You have a difficult and dangerous job and we’re all glad you’re out there protecting us from those whose only purpose in life is to hurt other people. The vast majority of us support your efforts 100% and appreciate all that you do to protect our community. Thanks! -Tim

  2. tratamente on March 24th, 2009 3:29 am

    police did a great job, thanks for protecting out community !

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