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Pursuit Suspect Says "I wanted to come to Idaho and get out of Washington"

Posted 7/30/2013 12:21 PM by MDGREGORY

On Monday, July 29, 2013, at about 4:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Kullman was parked east of Pines on Sprague watching traffic. Deputy Kullman heard a vehicle approaching him at what sounded like a very high rate of speed. The vehicle passed Deputy Kullman's marked patrol vehicle at what Deputy Kullman estimated near 90 mph in the posted 35 mph zone.

Deputy Kullman and Deputy Clay Hilton activated the emergency lights on their marked patrol vehicles in an attempt to stop the driver, later identified as 23-year-old Kevin Berry. They advised dispatch they were in pursuit of Berry and continued to pursue him eastbound on Sprague, then Appleway towards Liberty Lake. Liberty Lake Officers set up spike strips near the intersection of Appleway and Henry Road, but Berry drove into the opposite lane of travel, missing the strips.

The pursuit continued eastbound on Appleway towards Kootenai County. Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies were notified of the pursuit and Berry eventually stopped his vehicle at Liberty Gas Station, located at 6902 E. Seltice Way in Idaho. Once Berry was taken into custody, and chose to speak with Deputy Kullman, he admitted he knew he was being pursued by law enforcement. When asked why he didn't stop, Berry told Deputy Kullman "because I wanted to come to Idaho and get out of Washington".

• Berry was booked as a Fugitive in Kootenai County Jail and will face a local felony charge of Eluding.