By Corporal Ian Durkee, City of Mill Creek Police Department, September 11, 2021.
On Friday afternoon, September 10th, at around 3:30 pm, Mill Creek Police officers attempted to contact a person in the driver seat of a reported stolen vehicle parked in an apartment complex parking lot in the 16100 block of Bothell Everett Highway.
The driver used the vehicle to flee from police and hit a parked police car in the process. No police officers were injured.
The vehicle had been reported to police because it was driving erratically on Bothell Everett Highway near 164th Street SE and was last seen pulling into the apartment complex parking lot.
The license plate that was reported to police was BXW2133, which was listed as a stolen 2008 silver Hyundai Sonata.
Officers found the vehicle parked backed into a parking space with a male subject sitting in the driver seat.
When officers attempted to contact the driver of the vehicle, he ignored their instructions to stop. He drove forward toward officers and hit the rear passenger side quarter panel of one of the unoccupied police cars parked nearby as he fled.
Two officers at the scene were on foot outside their police cars. One of the officers was nearly hit by the suspect's vehicle as he drove away.
Officers searched the nearby roadways for the stolen vehicle after it fled but did not locate it. Mill Creek Police will continue to investigate the incident, search for the vehicle, and work towards identifying the driver.
Editor's note: This article was updated to include a photo of the damaged vehicle.