A Snohomish County Sheriff's deputy was injured in the incident.

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It started off as a seemingly small matter — a couple of people sleeping in a car — but ended up in a chase that left one deputy hurt, three patrol cars damaged and two women in custody early Wednesday.

A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the 3200 block of 132nd Street Southeast, north of Mill Creek, about 4:40 a.m. to check on a report of a car parked illegally in a disabled parking spot with people sleeping inside, the sheriff’s office said.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, which turned out to have been stolen, the driver rammed the deputy’s patrol car and drove off, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

A pursuit followed and the vehicle was stopped in Everett near the intersection of 121st Street Southeast and Highway 527, after stop sticks and Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuvers were deployed, police said.

Two passengers, a man and a 19-year-old Seattle woman, were taken into custody. The driver, a 20-year-old woman from Des Moines, was arrested on a litany of potential charges, including investigation of three counts of first-degree assault, plus malicious mischief, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest, authorities said.

The male passenger was released, said Shari Ireton, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, but the two women remain in custody.

The road was closed for several hours during the investigation but has re-opened, police said.

One of the deputies who was attempting to help stop the vehicle suffered minor injuries, Ireton said. In total, three patrol cars were damaged, she said.