Sex offender who allegedly broke officer's leg arrested

BUCKLEY -- A sex offender who allegedly struggled with a police officer Friday morning in Buckley, resulting in the officer breaking his leg, has been arrested.

Derek Ferguson was arrested Monday afternoon. He was wanted for felony escape, and failing to register as a sex offender.

Around 6:15 a.m. Friday, police served a warrant to the White River Senior Housing center in the 420 block of Spiketon Road in Buckley, where the suspect's grandmother lived, Police Chief Jim Arsanto said. Officers searched the home, looking for Ferguson, who had outstanding warrants for failing to register as a sex offender in King County.

Police found Ferguson hiding in a closet, Arsanto said, and officers fought him in attempt to put handcuffs on him. Ferguson escaped the officers' grip, police said, and ran out the front door. One of the officers tried to follow him, but realized his leg was broken and had to stay behind.

A K-9 track of Ferguson performed a short time later was unsuccessful.

The officer indeed suffered a broken leg, and another detective suffered minor injuries in the scuffle.