Police seek Vancouver couple who hit two officers with car

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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Updated: October 29, 2011, 6:20 PM

 
photoCody J. Stewart

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photoAshley Belleisle

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Two Vancouver police officers were struck by a car Saturday while trying to arrest a Vancouver couple on outstanding felony warrants, according to police.

Just after 9 a.m. Saturday, police located 30-year-old Cody J. Stewart and 25-year-old Ashley Belle Isle at Stewart's mother's home on the 7500 block of Delaware Lane. Officers were following up on a traffic stop of the two in July, during which Stewart gave a false identity, police said.

When officers located the two Saturday, Isle was in the driver's seat of the same car officers pulled over in July -- a teal Toyota Yaris 4D, according to police. Stewart was getting in on the passenger side.

Officers began to take the two into custody when Stewart's mother, 53-year-old Barbara K. Stewart, came out of the house and verbally challenged them, police said. While the officers -- Sgt. Wayne Reynolds and Cpl. Stuart Hemstock -- were distracted, Isle turned the car on and stepped on the gas, quickly backing up.

The car backed into Reynolds, lifting him off the ground and onto the trunk, police said. It also wrenched the arm of Hemstock, who was opening the driver's door, according to police. Reynolds was not injured, and Hemstock suffered minor injuries to his hand and arm.

Police are still looking for Isle and Cody Stewart, who fled in the car. In addition to their outstanding warrants, both are now wanted for third-degree escape, and Isle is also wanted on charges of first- and third-degree assault, police said.

Barbara Stewart was arrested and taken to the Clark County Jail on charges of obstructing and second-degree rendering criminal assistance, according to police.

Police encouraged anyone with information on Cody Stewart and Isle to call 911.