Two men were arrested early this morning after sideswiping two Kent police cars while trying to escape.
A neighbor in the 11800 block of Southeast 204th Street called police about 4:20 a.m. after noticing an unfamiliar car in the area and two men prowling mailboxes.
Officers arrived within minutes and tried to block the car – which was stolen earlier this morning – into the cul de sac. The driver tried to flee, sideswiping two patrol cars and prompting a brief pursuit that ended eight blocks away at the end of a driveway.
The men abandoned the car and tried to flee on foot, police said.
The passenger, a 29-year-old transient, was arrested immediately. The driver, 25, was later found by a police dog hiding in nearby woods. He was booked into jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property, auto theft and attempting to elude police.
Stolen mail was recovered from the stolen car, Assistant Chief Pat Lowery said.