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Hit and Run Suspect Rams Patrol Vehicle

Posted 11/18/2013 2:28 PM by MDGREGORY

Saturday, November 16th, 2013, at 1:15 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies Byron Zlateff and Mark Brownell responded to a possible alarm call at 8201 E. Sprague Ave. After Deputy Brownell arrived on scene, he heard a loud crash. Deputy Brownell observed a Buick LeSabre with damage to the trunk, traveling westbound on Sprague and requested Deputy Zlateff check on the vehicle. Deputy Zlateff followed the vehicle to Broadway and Park when the driver stopped and told Deputy Zlateff the Isuzu Rodeo in front of them had just ran into the back of his vehicle.

Deputy Zlateff caught up to the Rodeo near Valleyway and Alki and activated the emergency lights on his marked patrol unit to stop the vehicle. The vehicle failed to yield and after traveling several blocks attempted to flee from Deputy Zlateff.

Deputies Zlateff and Brownell pursued the driver of the suspect vehicle, later identified as 45-year-old Robert Beck, eastbound on Broadway to Argonne. The pursuit continued south on Argonne, then west on Alki where Beck failed to stop for multiple stop signs. At Ella and Alki, Beck was unable to negotiate the intersection and ran into an awning at 7800 E. Alki. Both Deputies attempted to box Beck in, but he was able to manipulate his vehicle out and continued northbound on Ella.

Deputy Zlateff's patrol vehicle became disabled and Deputy Brownell continued to pursue Beck northbound on Ella. Sgt. Russ Dowdy had responded and was assisting with attempting to stop Beck. As Beck reached the area of 1322 N. Ella Rd., which is a dead-end, Deputy Brownell and Sgt. Dowdy boxed Beck's vehicle in. Beck rammed the back of Sgt. Dowdy's patrol vehicle but was unable to escape. Beck refused commands to exit his vehicle, kept reaching towards the passenger side floorboard and required a Taser application to be safely taken into custody.

• Beck was booked into jail on the felony charges of Hit and Run, 2nd Degree Assault and Eluding. Additional misdemeanor charges included DUI and Driving While License Suspended 1st Degree.