Bellevue police: Man with 'Dirtbag' license plate punches cop, gets arrested

Photo: Bellevue Police Department.

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A fender-bender at a Factoria car wash over the weekend escalated and escalated.

After punches were thrown, threats to kill police were made and a stun gun was used, a 40-year-old man was under arrest.

His car, a red Chevrolet Camaro, was impounded. Its custom license plate reads "Dirtbag," Bellevue police say.

It all began just around 3 p.m. Sunday at the Brown Bear in Factoria. There had been a minor rear-end crash as drivers were in line waiting for a car wash.

One driver got out to take photos of the damage. The other driver reportedly got out of his car, pointed a pistol at the other driver and threatened him, police said.

When police arrived, the 40-year-old Bellevue man wouldn't get out of his car or follow officer's instructions, police said.

Officers tried to remove him, and he fought back.

He punched one officer in the face. He threatened to kill the police and made disparaging comments about the victim's perceived ethnicity, police said.

Police used a stun gun on him and arrested him.

The officer who was punched had a minor injury but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

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