UPDATE: Man tried to ram officer, drove recklessly, police say

He surrenders after fleeing, sparking high-speed chase

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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Updated: June 1, 2011, 8:21 PM

 

Vancouver police and sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly ignored an officer’s attempts to pull him over for a traffic violation, tried to ram the officer’s patrol car and led him on a short, 70 mph pursuit.

Michael A. Stanton, 64, soon stopped and surrendered in far-east Vancouver and was arrested on suspicion of felony assault for the ramming attempt, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department. Stanton also was held for a previously issued misdemeanor warrant.

The incident began at about 2:17 p.m. Wednesday when Officer Roger Evans radioed that a suspect driving a maroon GMC Sierra pickup had tried to ram his patrol car.

The officer gave the chase up Northeast 162nd Avenue to Fourth Plain Road at speeds reaching 70 mph.

Meanwhile all nearby police and sheriff’s deputies responded to the officer’s rare “Code Zero” alert, meaning an officer needs help in a life-threatening emergency, Kapp said.

At Fourth Plain, the driver turned right and proceeded east at 60 mph, then turned on Northeast 182nd Avenue and 83rd Street. At times, he drove into oncoming traffic and around blind corners, Kapp said.

The driver slowed and eventually turned into a driveway at 20407 N.E. 83rd St., where he surrendered without incident shortly before 2:30 p.m. Stanton is not listed as the home’s owner in property records.

There were no accidents and no injuries reported.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the alleged ramming attempt.

A few years ago, Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Crawford was killed when his vehicle was rammed by a pickup driven by a fleeing suspect.