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Deputy Sent to Hospital After Struggle With Drunk Driver

Seattle Post Intelligencer via YellowBrix

June 16, 2011

KING COUNTY, WA – A King County sheriff’s deputy broke his wrist early Wednesday morning as he wrestled with a suspected drunken driver in White Center.

The deputy went to the hospital. The suspect got away.

The Sheriff’s Office says at 12:30 a.m. the deputy tried to stop a 1993 Cadillac DeVille in the White Center neighborhood. The deputy suspected that the driver of the car, which had four people in it, was drunk.

But the driver wouldn’t pull over even after the deputy turned on his lights and siren. Instead, the driver took off.

The chase was brief. After a few minutes, the Cadillac stopped. The driver got out and began to run.

The deputy managed to grab the man’s jacket, but the suspect turned, throwing the deputy to the ground. The spill broke his wrist.

Deputies questioned and released the other three people in the Cadillac.

The 52-year-old deputy, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for three years, was treated at Valley Medical Center and released.

The Sheriff’s Office describes the suspect as a black man in his 30s. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.

If you can help in the investigation, call the Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 or call 911.

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