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Man Fights Wapato Police, Steals and Crashes Patrol Car

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A 23-year-old Wapato man couldn't be taken down by police tasers or batons Wednesday night, and even managed to steal a police car after all that. A 23-year-old Wapato man couldn't be taken down by police tasers or batons Wednesday night, and even managed to steal a police car after all that.

WAPATO, WA - A 23-year-old Wapato man couldn't be taken down by police tasers or batons Wednesday night, and even managed to steal a police car after all that.

It all started on the 200 Block of South Wapato Avenue.  Wapato Police Officers Murphy and Eismann found the 23-year-old standing outside of "El Compadre Sports Bar."

Police said the man, who is not being named at this time, got aggressive and charged at one of them. Police said they used tasers, but he couldn't be brought down. So they started using batons, but the suspect still couldn't be taken down. He even challenged the officers saying, "Is that all you got?"  

The man then broke free, got into a patrol car and took off. He only made it a few blocks before crashing into a parked car. Neighbors and police said the chase ended along the 700 Block of South Wapato Avenue. There is debris all over the road from the police car, and there's also debris from the car that the suspect ended up hitting.

"If they're up to where they're stealing police cars, it's getting to where they don't respect at all," said Christina Ponce, who lives next to where the patrol car crashed. "It's getting scary because if that means, if they'll do it to a police car, they'll even do it to you. They'll pull you out of the car and take it."

A passing tow truck driver saw the wreck and jumped into action. We tracked down the driver, but he didn't want to share his story on camera.

The two truck driver said the suspect was trying to get out of the wrecked car, but he put his body weight against the drivers side of the door, locking the suspect in. But then, the suspect started kicking the front windshield, hitting the tow truck driver in the face with his feet.

The tow truck driver said it was only about 45 seconds before police showed up. Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies and State Patrol Troopers helped get the man into custody.

Police said the suspect was hurt in the crash and was taken to Regional Hospital. Once he recovers, he'll face charges of car theft and third degree assault.

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