Suspected car thief attacks police officer

SEATTLE -- A suspected car thief attacked a police officer and broke her finger Saturday night in the International District, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, the officer was investigating a stolen license plate on a car parked in the 500 block of Sixth Avenue South around 11:30 p.m. when the 41-year-old suspect returned to the car.

The officer detained the suspect as he pretended to check a nearby parking meter and called for backup.

Before backup could arrive, the suspect shoved the officer against some parked cars and ran off, according to police.

A witness grabbed the suspect as he ran by and threw him to the ground, allowing backup officers to catch up and arrest him.

It turns out the car had been reported stolen from Vancouver, Wash. The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault on a police officer, auto theft, possession of stolen property and a warrant for failing to appear on a domestic violence assault charge.

The officer was treated at Harborview Medical Center for the broken finger she reportedly received while struggling with the suspect.