WAPATO — A tow truck driver helped police from several agencies in arresting a man who fought back and stole a patrol car, Wapato police said.
Wapato police said in a news release that a pair of officers responded about midnight Wednesday to a report of an unwanted man at El Compadre Sports Bar in the 200 block of South Wapato Avenue.
Police said the 23-year-old man was “instantly aggressive” with the officers and charged at one of them.
He was unfazed by Taser stuns and baton strikes by both officers, who fought unsuccessfully to bring him under control, according to the news release.
Police said the man eventually broke free and got into one of the officers’ patrol cars and drove it south on South Wapato Avenue until crashing into an unoccupied vehicle parked in the 700 block.
The tow truck driver, who was passing by, held the man inside the car until the Wapato officers arrived, police said. The tow truck driver also became involved in a physical confrontation with the man.
The man was finally taken into custody with help from the Washington State Patrol and the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.
He was treated at a Yakima hospital for injuries suffered in the crash, police said.
Police said they would seek charges of third-degree assault and vehicle theft against the suspect.
The two Wapato officers were treated for their injuries and released.
The patrol car is a total loss, police said.