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Driver’s Untruths Lead to his Arrest

Posted 1/14/2013 1:56 PM by MDGREGORY
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On January 12th Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Karnitz observed two occupied vehicles parked next to each other in the parking lot of a closed business just before 11p.m. in the area of Pines and Boone in the Spokane Valley.

After checking one of the license plates, he observed the registered owner of the vehicle was listed as having several active felony warrants and his driver’s license was suspended.

He contacted the driver who stated he did not have identification on him but gave Deputy Karnitz a name and date of birth but was unable to provide additional information most people would know. Believing the male wasn’t being truthful, Deputy Karnitz asked for additional units and checked driver’s license photos on his computer. From the photos, he confirmed the male appeared to be the registered owner, 32-year-old Robert D. Dodgin, Jr.

With Deputy Hilton and WSP Trooper Britton now at the scene to assist, Deputy Karnitz told Dodgin to exit the vehicle twice. Dodgin revved the engine, put the vehicle in gear and sped away, initiating a pursuit.

Dodgin continued at speeds up to 50-60 mph on the mostly unoccupied roads as he tried to evade the deputies. When he went through the intersection at Broadway and Mullan, he ran over a set of spike strips deployed by Sgt. Dave Ellis. He continued westbound on Broadway as the vehicle’s passenger side tire lost air. With the tire now flat, he pulled into a business parking lot on Broadway and Lake Rd. and stopped. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Dodgin gave consent to search his vehicle and a pair of “brass” knuckles, which are illegal to possess in Washington and an unloaded pellet gun were located.

Dodgin Jr. was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for a felony charge of Attempting to Elude, misdemeanor charges of Making False or Misleading Statements, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and Driving With a Suspended License 3rd. He was also booked on 3 out-of-county felony warrants and one local misdemeanor warrant for DV Assault.

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