Puyallup police officer injured when suspect rams patrol car

Staff writerJune 17, 2014 

A Puyallup driver hit a police car head-on Tuesday during a pursuit that stemmed from an argument between a mother and son, police said.

Officers were called to a home in the 2800 block of Fifth Street Southeast just before 10 a.m. to break up a fight between a 65-year-old woman and her son.

The son, 47, fled the home as police arrived. Officers chased him through the Forest Green neighborhood.

As the man approached Forest Green Boulevard and 23rd Avenue Southwest, he turned left and hit a patrol car. The patrol car had its lights and sirens on, police Capt. Scott Engle said.

Officers arrested the man, and he and the officer were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. The man had hurt himself with an unidentified weapon during the argument with his mother, police said.

The officer is a 26-year veteran with the department.

Police closed 23rd Avenue Southeast between 20th Street Southeast and Forest Green Boulevard for several hours while they investigated.

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