Police looking for car connected to auto prowls

By Patty Hastings and Paul Suarez

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A white Ford Fusion that rammed a Vancouver police car and led officers on a chase Tuesday night is believed to be connected to multiple vehicle prowls, police said Wednesday.

Officers with Vancouver's Neighborhood Response Teams were watching an apartment complex Tuesday night to attempt to find the car, a 2010 four-door Fusion with Oregon license plate WVN807, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. The plate was stolen from a different car, she said.

Officers found the car and were watching it when two subjects got into the car, Kapp said. Police pinned the vehicle against a curb and ordered people out of the car. The driver jumped the curb, went into reverse and slammed into an undercover police car. The police car went back 10 feet and spun 90 degrees, Kapp said. A sergeant had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

The Fusion's driver left the parking lot and fled the area at a high rate of speed, running stop signs, Kapp said. Police saw the car heading east on Southeast 29th Street at 164th Avenue but lost it after that.

According to police, the car is believed to be connected to several auto prowls. Suspects are wanted for theft of a firearm, credit and debit card theft, fraud, theft, hit and run, first-degree assault and fleeing from marked police vehicles.

Sgt. Duncan Hoss with the Clark County Sheriff's Office Tactical Detective Unit said the Fusion has also been used in connection to auto prowls in the county.

Police ask anyone with any information on the car or its occupants to call Sgt. Jeff Kipp at 487-7440 or Sgt. Steven Dobbs at 487-7544.