YAKIMA, Wash. — Most people call 911 when they need police help.

But on Thursday afternoon, police say a transient decided to take a more direct approach to asking for help and left a literal impression on a Yakima police officer’s vehicle.

The 36-year-old man rammed the police vehicle in an attempt to get protection, according to records filed in Yakima County Superior Court.

Officer Marc Scherzinger was on patrol around 4:30 p.m., when a pickup struck his car at the intersection of Yakima Avenue and First Street.

Capt. Rod Light, police spokesman, said the man told officers he struck the vehicle because he needed police protection.

“He got out of federal prison in California and thought he needed protection from death threats,” Light said.

Scherzinger’s vehicle had damage on the driver’s side rear door and back quarter panel, reports said.

Light said nobody was injured in the incident, but Scherzinger’s vehicle is out of service for repairs.

The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree malicious mischief and second-degree assault.