A 28-year-old man appeared drunk Tuesday when he rammed a Milton police officer’s patrol car so hard it nearly pushed the engine into the passenger seat, court documents state.
The crash left the officer with a head injury that required staples and landed Max Seumanu in jail.
He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault, vehicular assault and third-degree driving on a suspended or revoked license. The Federal Way man was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The officer was released from the hospital but is not expected back at work until at least next week.
The incident started just after midnight when the officer spotted a car blocking traffic in the northbound lane of state Route 99.
Court records give this account of what happened next:
The officer, who could hear the driver yelling, tapped on the window to ask if everything was all right. Seumanu allegedly banged back on the window so hard it pushed the top part of the glass out of its frame.
He then sped off and drove about three blocks before turning around and driving 50 to 60 miles per hour at the patrol car. The officer barely had time to get inside the car before Seumanu’s car hit it head-on, pushing both cars off the road.
Although hurt, the officer held Seumanu at gunpoint until backup arrived to arrest him.
“The defendant was behaving erratically, smelled badly of alcohol and told the officers not to shoot him and that he had been in a fight with his mother,” the records state.
Police said they found in the back seat of the car a woman’s wallet that appeared to be stolen.