TOUTLE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer in southwest Washington suffered serious injuries after two people in a stolen van rammed a patrol vehicle.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s office said the officer from Castle Rock tried to pull over the commercial van, which had been reported stolen, near the community of Toutle around midnight Sunday.
The driver of the van, after stopping on State Route 504, reversed and struck the police vehicle twice, the sheriff’s office said, and the officer shot at the suspects, though no one was hit. The driver and a passenger fled on foot but were caught.
The van driver, identified by the sheriff’s office as Dale Woodley, Jr., of Longview, Washington was detained by residents nearby after authorities said he entered a trailer while trying evade capture. The passenger, identified as Timothy Bean, of Longview, was found by a Longview Police K-9 and taken into custody, the sheriff’s office said.
Woodley was booked into Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of assault and other charges while Bean was booked on a possession of stolen vehicle charge.
It wasn’t immediately known if Woodley and Bean have attorneys.
The officer on Monday was being treated for a spinal fracture, according to the sheriff’s office.