Vancouver police seize vehicle following traffic stop

Investigators say altercation may have resulted from drug deal gone wrong

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Police seized a vehicle Sunday night following what might have been a drug deal gone awry near PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

The incident came into 911 at about 8:20 p.m. Sunday as a potential stolen vehicle in progress at 8706 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

A passer-by reported seeing someone trying to pull the driver out of a black Ford Ranger. A police sergeant spotted the Ranger on Northeast Andresen Road and flagged it down near Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard.

The vehicle’s occupants were not cooperative in answering questions, said Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp. Police said they believe the Ranger’s occupants possibly met up with people in another vehicle to exchange drugs when there was an altercation. Additional details about what happened were not available Monday.

“Sometimes when you have a drug deal gone bad, there’s a lot of missing information,” Kapp said.

Although no one was arrested, the Ford Ranger was towed away as evidence. Detectives from the police agency’s Major Crimes Unit are following up on the case to determine exactly what occurred.

No one was injured or arrested, and it appears there was no carjacking as initially reported, police said.