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Renton Police officer injured when pickup truck rams his car

A Renton Police car stopped at a traffic signal in the Highlands was intentionally rammed Friday night by a Chevy Avalanche pickup truck, according to the Renton Police Department.

The 36-year-old officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The officer was stopped behind another vehicle at a red light at about 8 p.m.  on southbound Edmonds Avenue Northeast at Sunset Boulevard Northeast. According to police, as the officer and the other driver waited for the light to turn green, the 38-year-old male driver of the truck, who was westbound on Sunset, drove into the police car.

The officer did not see the pickup headed toward him, according to police. His car was hit in the driver’s side rear door and quarter panel.

The officer was taken to Valley Medical Center  for treatment of injuries to his head, shoulder and back.

The driver of the pickup wasn’t injured. He was arrested for vehicular assault.

According to police, it wasn’t known immediately whether the man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Renton Police Traffic Unit is investigating the collision and the detectives are investigating the assault with the pickup truck.

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