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Teen car thief fights with deputies during arrest in Browns Point

Pierce County Sheriff patch and patrol car

Yesterday, at 9:07 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle at the intersection of Tulalip St NE and Hyada Blvd NE in the Browns Point area. Multiple 911 callers reported that a maroon Hyundai Elantra (no license plates) had been parked on the side of the road for several hours with the engine running. One caller knocked on the window, but the driver did not wake up.

When deputies arrived, they noticed the car was parked on the wrong side of the road and they saw a male in the driver’s seat. There was significant ignition damage and there was also a large knife on the passenger’s seat.

Deputies ran the VIN and discovered that the vehicle had been stolen from the Federal Way area a few days prior.

When backup officers from Tacoma PD arrived, they woke up the driver and gave him commands to show his hands. The driver did not comply, and they had to break the window to gain access to the suspect. As deputies and officers reached into the car to control the suspect, he revved the engine, attempting to get away. One deputy reached in and tried to unlock it, but the suspect kicked at her and covered the control panel with his foot. Eventually, deputies and officers pulled him out of the car through the rear window.

When a deputy asked the suspect for his name and birthdate, he provided them and said he had warrants in King County for possession of a stolen vehicle.

A records check confirmed that the 17-year-old suspect had a felony warrant out of King County Juvenile Court.

He was booked into Remann Hall for unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and assault in the third degree.