Reckless Driving Suspect, Possibly Impaired, Flees from Deputies
Video: Air-2, High Overhead, Leads Deputies to Suspect’s Location
Spokane Valley Deputies attempted to stop a reckless, possibly impaired driver of a U-Haul Truck that refused to stop. With Spokane Regional Air Support Unit’s Air-2 overhead, Deputies backed off and followed from a safe distance as Flight Crews provided real-time location information. Spike Strips were successfully deployed, slowly deflating the tires of the vehicle. With flat tires, the suspect parked and decided to flee on foot. Provided the suspect’s location by Air-2, Deputies quickly chased him down and took him into custody.
UPDATE: On November 20, 2023, Devontaye I. Lyghts appeared for his first appearance hearing, where Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner E. Cruz ordered Lyghts to be released on his own recognizance.
On November 18, 2023, just after 10:00 pm, Spokane Valley Deputy R. Lederle attempted to stop a U-Haul truck (pickup) on E. Sprague Avenue at Pines Road. The driver of the truck, later identified as 18-year-old Devontaye I. Lyghts, was observed driving recklessly, crossing two lanes of travel without signaling or yielding, and almost striking another vehicle.
In addition, due to Lyghts driving, Deputy Lederle believed he was possibly driving while impaired (alcohol or drugs) and pulled in behind the vehicle. Westbound on Sprague at Bowdish, Deputy Lederle activated her emergency lights as Lyghts drove through the red light. Lyghts willfully refused to stop as required by state law and continued driving recklessly, accelerating to approximately 75 mph while swerving from one lane to another.
With reasonable suspicion of DUI established, dispatch and a supervisor were informed of the pursuit, and additional Deputies responded to assist. Lyghts turned north on Argonne Road and then east on Broadway Avenue, recklessly turning from the center lane of Argonne. Lyghts carelessly passed several on Broadway before turning south on University Road as Air-2, already up and flying, picked up the fleeing vehicle.
With Air 2 now following safely overhead, Deputies backed off to a safe distance at reduced speed as Lyghts turned west on 8th Avenue from University as the ASU Flight Crew provided real-time information. Soon after, as the Flight Crew repositioned, they momentarily lost sight of the vehicle.
They required the U-Haul truck going north on Argonne, crossing I-90. Lyghts recklessly turned onto Montgomery Avenue, south on Sargeant Road, and west on Mansfield Road, which comes to a dead end. Lyghts exited the vehicle and ran east before attempting to hide behind a parked vehicle. As Air-2 orbited the location, Lyghts appeared to move around the parked car in an attempt to hide from the helicopter and approaching Deputies. With Deputies now arriving near the driveway where the suspect was attempting to hide, he fled on foot again, circling around a home and back to the U-Haul truck. He jumped in and ran, again ignoring the Deputies’ commands to stop.
Lyghts fled north on Sargent Road, east on Montgomery Road, and north on Argonne at high speed. He ran the red light as he turned west on Trent from Argonne. He ran another red light at Park Road, turning south on Park, and ran the stop sign at Mission Avenue (additionally marked with red flashing lights). He went into oncoming travel lanes to pass vehicles as he drove south toward Sprague Avenue, where he turned west, again failing to stop for a red light.
Just west of Fancher Road, Deputy E. Jones successfully deployed spike strips, causing the truck tires to slowly deflate as Lyghts continued west on Sprague. With tires going flat, Lyghts slowed and turned south on Havana Street and west into a parking lot just north of E. Pacific and stopped momentarily before continuing to the west.
He stopped behind the building and again fled on foot, jumping a fence and running into the backyard of a residence, where he laid down on the ground attempting to hide. Realizing Air-2 was overhead and Deputies were closing in, he jumped up and ran, tripping into a fence before jumping over it. As he continued his futile attempt to escape, Deputies converged on his location, taking him to the ground, where he was placed in handcuff.
After being advised of his rights, Lyghts refused to answer questions. Lyghts was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, Obstructing Law Enforcement, and Hit and Run Property Damage.
Spokane Regional Air Support Unit Air-2 was piloted by Rob Jones, assisted by Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Louis Acosta. For additional information regarding SRASU, please visit their website: https://www.spokanecounty.org/1392/Air-Support-Unit