Man accused of ramming Vancouver police car appears in court

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A Vancouver police officer escaped serious injury after a wanted man allegedly rammed his truck into a patrol vehicle while fleeing authorities.

Jeremy Cabe Macy, 35, of Vancouver appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday to face charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, obstructing a public servant, attempting to elude police and hit-and-run driving, along with domestic violences charges.

A witness called 911 around 10:45 a.m. Friday to report that Macy, who was wanted by authorities for suspicion of domestic violence harassment and fourth-degree assault, had left his residence in a large black Dodge truck and was possibly armed with a knife, according to court documents filed in the case.

Police saw and attempted to stop the truck at Southeast McGillivray Boulevard and Southeast Blairmont Drive. Blocked by police at the intersection, Macy shifted his truck in reverse and accelerated backward, striking the marked patrol vehicle of Cpl. Jim Burgara, according to court documents.

Because Macy’s truck is customized with a lift kit, it went up and over the hood of the police car and went toward the windshield, according to a probable cause statement.

Burgara accelerated and attempted to disable Macy’s vehicle by using a tactical driving maneuver known as a PIT maneuver. Burgara, a neighborhood police officer assigned to the area, was injured in the collision; he was treated at a hospital and released. He is expected back at work today.

Macy fled the scene and led police on a pursuit through several neighborhoods, creating substantial risk to pedestrians and other vehicle traffic, according to police.

Macy ended the pursuit when he crashed the truck in the front yard of his own residence, 2705 N.E. 151st Ave., according to court documents.

When he got out of the vehicle, Macy tried to fight officers before he was eventually shocked with an electronic weapon and taken into custody, court documents stated.

Officers took Macy to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center to be treated and examined.

The domestic violence charges stemmed from an incident on Thursday in which Macy allegedly threw his ex-girlfriend to the ground, struck her and threatened to kill her, according to court documents.

During his first appearance Monday, Macy wore a suicide-prevention smock and remained quiet throughout the hearing. Clark County Superior Court Judge Gregory Gonzales set Macy’s bail at $300,000 and scheduled his next court hearing for Aug. 13.