Deputies Spike Stolen Vehicle, 3 of 4 Occupants Arrested and Firearm Recovered
Spokane Valley Deputies worked together to recover a reported stolen vehicle and a firearm. One juvenile and two adults were arrested for various charges/warrants. A fourth adult passenger was released without charges.
On October 7, 2023, at approximately 12:35 am, a Spokane Valley Deputy observed a dark-colored vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, with only one functioning headlight, going east on Sprague Avenue, near Custer Road.
As the Deputy turned to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle accelerated. When he activated his red and blue emergency lights, the 17-year-old juvenile driver turned his headlights off and continued to accelerate in an obvious attempt to try and elude the Deputy.
Not in pursuit, the Deputy was able to keep the vehicle in sight as additional Deputies flooded the area.
Near Sprague Avenue and Havana Street, the vehicle was observed driving east on Sprague with its headlights still off but now traveling at the approximate posted speed limit. The car continued east as the Deputy stopped for a red light at Sprague and Fancher, and he lost sight of it near Appleway and Theirman.
A short time later, a second Deputy advised the vehicle just passed Appleway and Vista Road at approximately 55 mph. At Appleway and University Road, a third Deputy successfully deployed spike strips, which had been authorized. With the tires of the vehicle deflating, the juvenile driver stopped in a parking lot at Sprague and University. He and the adult male passenger, 26-year-old Robert P. Cross, fled on foot. Two passengers, 18-year-old Edward F. Ramey IV, and an adult female, remained in the vehicle and were safely taken into custody.
After a foot chase, the juvenile driver and Cross were also taken into custody.
During the following investigation, it was determined that the juvenile dropped a firearm on the ground while attempting to flee on foot. A check of the vehicle’s VIN showed it was reported stolen, and a check of the rear license plate displayed on the car showed it had been separately reported as stolen.
The juvenile was later booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Obstructing Law Enforcement.
Cross and Ramey were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail. Cross was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Obstructing Law Enforcement. Ramey was booked for an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.
The adult female passenger was released at the scene and not charged.