Washington police arrest man suspected of hitting 2 officers with stolen car

2 Tacoma police officers expected to be OK

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A Washington state man has been arrested after allegedly striking two police officers with a stolen car on over the weekend, authorities said Tuesday.

Two Tacoma police officers had approached a truck that had been reported stolen as two people were spray-painting the vehicle near an abandoned property on Sunday, Q13 FOX reported. But when officers got close, the pair attempted to flee.

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"The driver quickly turned the vehicle on, put it in reverse, and then sped away," Officer Shelbie Boyd told the station.

Tacoma police arrested a 23-year-old suspect believed to have struck two officers with a stolen car.

Tacoma police arrested a 23-year-old suspect believed to have struck two officers with a stolen car. (Tacoma Police Department / Facebook)

Both officers were thrown from the vehicle as the driver fled. The officers were treated for injuries at a hospital and expected to be OK.

Police located the 23-year-old suspect in the stolen vehicle on Tuesday afternoon and officers initiated a pursuit, police said. As he tried to evade the pursuing officers, one officer performed a PIT maneuver and stopped the vehicle.

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The suspect then led officers on a short foot chase before being taken into custody. 

The suspect, whom police have not identified, was booked for possession of a stolen vehicle, felony elude, resisting arrest and two counts of first-degree assault.