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Posted on: August 11, 2023

[ARCHIVED] SVIU Detectives Identify and Added 7 New Felony Charges to Suspect that Rammed Two Patrol Cars

SVIU Detectives Identify and Added 7 New Felony Charges to Suspect that Rammed Two Marked Patrol Cars Fleeing from a Burglary  

On August 10, 2023, Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU) Detectives added additional charges to a suspect already in custody, facing several felony charges, after they identified him as one of the two suspects who used a stolen truck to smash through a gate, prowl cars, and steal a second truck on July 24, 2023, at approximately 4:45 am, from a business in the 100 block of N. Vista. 

NOTE: The accompanying video is made of clips from surveillance video during the incident noted above.

As the suspects appeared to be getting ready to leave (from the video), Spokane Valley Deputies parked their patrol cars at the damaged gate and proceeded into the fenced area on foot.  The suspects fled in the two stolen trucks, passing by the Deputies as they accelerated, and crashed through the gate again, ramming two marked patrol cars.  The first stolen truck (gray Dodge), driven by an unidentified suspect, crashed through the gate, causing extensive damage to two patrol cars, and the stolen truck became disabled.  
 The second stolen vehicle (GMC), believed to be driven by 30-year-old Michael T. Carter, followed the path made by the suspect in the gray Dodge and rapidly fled the scene.  

The unidentified suspect jumped out of the disabled stolen truck and fled on foot.  Deputies gave chase on foot, but Carter circled back in the stolen GMC to rescue his criminal partner.  When Carter pulled up next to him, the suspect could not enter the passenger door as he continued to run.  With Deputies on foot and in patrol cars closing in, the suspect jumped on the hood of the stolen GMC as Carter recklessly fled the parking lot.

Deputies in marked patrol cars began to pursue the fleeing stolen GMC, but due to the extremely reckless and dangerous driving actions of the suspects, and the unacceptable danger to the public, Deputies did not continue the pursuit.  

Deputies and SVIU Detectives did some outstanding and complex investigative work during this complicated investigation into Carter’s recent criminal activity, which led them to believe he has committed many additional theft/burglary-type criminal acts that continue to be investigated.  

As an example, a Deputy used the recovery of Maverik drink cups found in the stolen Dodge.  He eventually went to the Maverik store in Airway Heights, where he obtained video of Carter (later identified) driving the Dodge and purchasing both drinks.   From there, he went into Walmart, and from the pictures obtained from the Maverik security footage, a loss prevention employee identified the male as Carter.

As previously stated, this is a highly complex and ongoing investigation, and we will provide information as it becomes available or additional charges/arrests are made.  

NOTE: The accompanying video is made of clips from surveillance video during the incident noted above.

Anyone with information about this incident, Carter’s recent criminal activity, or who can help identify the second suspect is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10109770.

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