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Suspect drags deputy during police chase in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Police arrested 37-year-old Aaron Michael Smith Sunday night after he led them on a four-mile car chase and rammed into a female officer.

According to police, a deputy responded to an alert of a stolen car at a local Walmart. When they spotted Smith near the car, they said he jumped in and tried driving off with the deputy hanging on. 

Police said luckily, the deputy was able to fall away after being dragged a few feet. They then followed Smith for four miles down Fourth Plain road going the wrong way.

"Most excitement we've seen in years!" one neighbor said.

Vancouver police said Smith smashed into a female officers car before being t-boned by another officers SUV. The female officer was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

"I come out the front yard to see if I could see anything and they come out right here in front of the house," Dave Loughlin, a neighbor, said.

"The sheriff had to be going at least 60 miles an hour this way heading east and he just bottomed out and then all of a sudden - boom!" another neighbor said.

Minutes after the accident, police said Smith refused to get out of the car and cooperate. They then sent out a K-9 unit to force him out.

Smith is being charged with assault, resisting arrest among other charges.

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