An officer driving a fully-marked patrol car was intentionally hit by another driver while he waited for the light to change at a stoplight last night, according to the Renton Police Department.
The 36-year-old Renton PD officer was transported to Valley Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries to his head, shoulder and back. The suspect driver was arrested for assault with a vehicle and was uninjured. It's unclear at this time whether drugs and alcohol played a role.
It happened at 8 p.m. on Aug. 24, while the officer waited at a stoplight behind another vehicle at the intersection of Edmonds Ave NE at Sunset Blvd NE. As he and the other car waited for the traffic signal to turn green, a Chevy Avalanche pick-up, driven by the 38-year-old male suspect, was traveling down Sunset Boulevard NE and turned right onto Edmonds Ave. NE. The driver intentionally struck the stopped police car.
The officer didn't see the pick-up coming toward him, and the collision impacted the drivers side rear door and quarter panel of the police car.
The Renton Police Department is currently investigating this collision.