Suspect tries to flee Snohomish Co. deputy by driving their patrol car

A man was arrested while trying to flee a Snohomish County deputy by driving their patrol car.

Deputies were called to reports of an assault at a Chevron gas station in Everett, off of I-5 and 128th Street at around 1:45 a.m. The first deputy to arrive learned there were two men fighting at the location, one of them using a knife and screwdriver. The deputy told the man to drop the items, and the suspect dropped the knife but not the screwdriver.

Authorities say the suspect walked away, and the deputy developed probable cause to follow him with a K9.

The deputy told the suspect he was under arrest and ordered him to drop his screwdriver and stop walking away several times. Instead, the suspect ran to the gas station parking lot and went to the deputy's patrol car, climbing into the driver's seat when the deputy unlocked the door with his key fob.

The sheriff's office says the suspect was within reaching distance of the deputy's rifle.

The deputy pulled open the driver-side door and had his K9 bite the suspect's arm, who attempted to get away by shifting into drive and stepping on the gas. Due to a safety feature, the engine revved but the car did not move. The deputy pulled the suspect out of the car as other deputies arrived to help take the man into custody.

The 33-year-old Mountlake Terrace man was taken to the hospital for treatment, then booked into the Snohomish County Jail for felony harassment, resisting arrest, vehicle theft and a previous case of indecent exposure.

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