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Posted on: May 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Driver of Stolen Vehicle Crashes into Box Truck

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Driver of Stolen Vehicle Crashes into Box Truck

S. Dishman Mica Closed, between 8th & 16th Ave., for the Investigation


Spokane Valley Deputies and Traffic Unit Investigators are at the scene of a traffic crash on S. Dishman Mica between 8th Avenue and 16th Avenue.  Dishman Mica is closed in both directions for the investigation.  


On May 7, 2021, at approximately 10:15 am., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a two-vehicle injury crash on S. Dishman Mica Road, between 8th and 16th Avenue.  Due to the seriousness of the injuries and potential felony crimes, the north and south lanes of S. Dishman Mice Road were closed between 8th and 16th Avenue.  

One of the vehicles involved, a confirmed stolen vehicle, was reportedly driving at high speed and recklessly before it crashed into the second vehicle, a box truck.  The two occupants of the stolen vehicle were transported to the hospital with serious injuries but believed to be non-life-threatening.  

The driver of the box truck, the victim of this crash, appeared to have minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital. 

Initial information indicates reckless driving, speed, and impairment are believed to be factors in the crash.

The driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as 31-year-old Jason D. McWhirk, a wanted convicted felon.  Once released from the hospital, he faces charges of Vehicular Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Fugitive from Justice stemming from a valid felony Kootenai County warrant.

The passenger of the stolen vehicle is a 16-year-old male, also a convicted felon.  At this time, he is not facing criminal charges.

This continues to be an active investigation, and additional charges are possible depending on the information learned during the investigation.     


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