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Off-Duty Officer Victim of Reckless Juvenile Driver

Posted 5/15/2013 12:34 PM by MDGREGORY

On May 15, 2013, at about 3:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Howe was notified by an off-duty Spokane City Police Officer that while he was on his way home from work on I-90, a Ford Explorer intentionally tried to run him off the road multiple times.

Deputy Howe located the Explorer traveling south on Argonne approaching Broadway. Deputy Howe activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the Explorer. The Explorer fled at a high rate of speed in an obvious attempt to elude Deputy Howe.

Deputy Howe notified dispatch he was in pursuit and other units responded to the area. The vehicle continued to flee at a high rate of speed east on Sprague Avenue, north on University and approached the intersection of Mission and Pines. Stop sticks were deployed at the intersection in an attempt to disable the vehicle, which the driver saw, and drove onto the curb putting any pedestrian traffic in extreme danger.

The vehicle continued to drive extremely reckless northeast through Spokane Valley until deputies eventually located the Explorer blacked out between two semis in the Industrial Park at Kiernan and Sullivan. Two juvenile males were detained inside the vehicle and the driver fled the scene.

A Spokane Police Department K9 unit arrived and quickly located the juvenile male driver a short distance from the Explorer. When the driver was asked why he did not try to continue running from the scene, he said he knew the K9 would find him. When asked why he was trying to run vehicles off I-90, he said he thought it would be fun to "mess" with traffic. He said he intentionally swerved at vehicles, slowed down, then sped up. Although the Sheriff's Office has a strict policy on pursuits, the danger this juvenile driver posed to the public justified getting him off the road before he severely injured any innocent bystanders.

• The two juvenile male passengers were not charged and released to their parents.
• The juvenile male driver was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center on the felony charges of Felony
Eluding, 1st Degree Assault, and two-counts of Unlawful Imprisonment.