South Carolina man rams Clark County patrol car

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – A 23-year-old man from South Carolina is charged with first-degree assault after fighting with a deputy and then ramming another deputy’s patrol car.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says this all unfolded early Monday just before 1 a.m. when a deputy stopped after coming across a disabled vehicle in the 8700 block of Northeast 117th Avenue. The driver was being looked at for potentially driving while under the influence of drugs. During the investigation, Alexander Leach started reaching for an unknown object in the center console of the vehicle.

A Clark County Sheriff’s Office patrol car, 2018 (Clark County Sheriff’s Office)

As the deputy attempted to detain Leach, he grabbed the deputy’s arm. As Leach started leaving the scene, the deputy was able to free himself from Leach’s grasp. Leach then rammed a patrol car occupied by a second deputy and led deputies on a short pursuit northbound on NE 117th Avenue, according to the sheriff’s office.

Leach was taken into custody in the 9100 block of NE 117th Avenue after deputy’s spun his vehicle out.

Leach, who is from Lexington, South Carolina, was arrested on assault and attempt to elude charges. The DUI charge could be filed once blood test results come back.

Leach is due in court Monday morning in Clark County Court.

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