Stolen SUV hits police car, 2 arrested

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Site of Vancouver crash

An SUV struck a Vancouver police car Monday morning that was blocking the site of minor traffic collision in the Minnehaha area. The man driving the SUV and his passenger were later arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, including the SUV.

About 8:30 a.m., a GMC Yukon drove around a fire truck and hit the side of a marked patrol car with its emergency lights on at Northeast 68th Street and St. Johns Road.

Police suspect drugs were involved in the collision. The driver, John Valenzuela, 27, and his passenger, Amber L. Settle, 26, also allegedly had credit cards and identification that didn’t belong to them.

Valenzuela was arrested on suspicion of identity theft, possession of stolen property, driving while suspended and driving while intoxicated; he also had a District Court warrant out for his arrest. Settle was arrested for suspected possession of a stolen vehicle and second- and third-degree possession of stolen property. Both were booked into the Clark County Jail.

The Yukon was stolen Sunday while it was unoccupied and warming up in the owner’s driveway, according to Vancouver police. Before Monday’s collision, license plates were apparently stolen from another vehicle and placed on the Yukon, police said. There was only minor damage to the police car and to the Yukon, which was later returned to its owner.