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Sheriff: DUI suspect in stolen car drags deputy, caught after chase into Vancouver

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A DUI suspect in a stolen car dragged a deputy who confronted him and led other deputies on a high-speed chase that ended when he was caught by a K-9 and hit with a Taser in Vancouver, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

The incident began at 10 p.m. Sunday when a deputy spotted a suspected stolen car in the Walmart parking lot on Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard.

The deputy said the suspect was outside the car and ignored commands to stop. A struggle ensued as the suspect got into the car and attempted to close the door.

Investigators said the suspect put the car in gear and took off with the deputy still hanging onto the car. After a short distance, the deputy fell from the car.

Investigators said the suspect narrowly missed another responding deputy as he sped out of the parking lot and went the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Fourth Plain Boulevard.  

Multiple deputies pursued the suspect, who turned off the main road and drove through neighborhoods at high rates of speed.

Vancouver officers joined Clark County deputies in attempting to capture the suspect, who was finally stopped by a pit maneuver on a dead end street near Southeast 104th Avenue and St. Helens Avenue.

Deputies said the suspect attempted to ram patrol cars to get away. A K-9 was deployed to get the suspect out of the car, but deputies said he continued to resist arrest, so a Taser was used.

Aaron Michael Smith, 37, was taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of first-degree assault, attempt to elude, DUI, resisting arrest and possession of a stolen vehicle. Investigators said he was on probation for previous theft and attempt to elude charges.

A Vancouver officer suffered minor injuries when the suspect attempted to ram her car head-on, according to deputies, and was treated and released at the hospital.

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