Man rams police car: ‘I have wanted to do that my entire life’

EVERETT — A Maltby-area man allegedly told a deputy he’d always wanted to ram a police car.

And that, according to court papers, is what he did Sunday evening.

The allegations are described in two probable cause statements that were filed after the suspect’s arrest for investigation of malicious mischief, driving under the influence and assaulting a police officer.

Deputies had been called to the 22200 block of Echo Lake Road around 7 p.m. Sunday in connection with an earlier crash. That accident sent a 47-year-old man to the hospital with an arm injury, said Shari Ireton, a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The man’s southbound car went off the roadway and crashed into a tree.

While medics worked to get the man out of the car and to tend to his needs, a deputy parked his SUV patrol car to block the roadway to protect the crew. Emergency red and blue lights were on.

A short time later, the suspect allegedly stopped on the roadway before accelerating his SUV into the patrol vehicle. The deputy was not in his vehicle at the time, but his police dog, Ronin, was. Ronin “was stunned” but there were no noticeable injuries, deputies wrote in their reports. The vehicle sustained more than $5,000 in damage.

The driver, 57, initially refused to get out of his SUV and, when he did, got into an altercation with the deputies who took him to the ground and placed him in handcuffs. At one point, while on his stomach, he “donkey kicked” one of the deputies in the leg.

The suspect allegedly told another deputy: “I did that on purpose. I have wanted to do that my entire life.”

A firefighter at the crash scene also said the driver told him he intentionally rammed the patrol vehicle.

A bystander reported that he’d stepped out in the road to try to wave the driver down. Instead the man yelled and drove around him before crashing into the police car, court papers said.

At Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, a deputy explained the circumstances of the crash to a doctor.

“I had fun doing it too,” the suspect allegedly added to the conversation.

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