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ATV Driver Can’t Escape Deputies, Air 1 and K9

Posted 7/1/2013 1:27 PM by MDGREGORY

On June 29th, around 9:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Sergeant Dave Ellis tried to stop an ATV in the 5600 block of East Rutter. Already flying a scheduled flight, Air 1 helped guide responding ground units to a garage in the 3100 block of East Indiana where the driver fled and was hiding. The driver was taken into custody by deputies with the help of K9 Laslo.

This incident began when Sergeant Ellis observed an ATV travelling at a high rate of speed and trespassing on railroad property. He observed the ATV cross over Fancher Road and continue along the railroad tracks. Sergeant Ellis observed Air 1 flying in the area, so he activated his lights in an attempt to stop the ATV. The driver looked back at the patrol car, and instead of stopping, he rapidly accelerated.

Shortly after the driver began to elude, Sergeant Ellis stopped pursing and Air 1 began following, at times illuminating the ATV with its spotlight and providing its location to ground units. Air 1 observed the ATV traveling on sidewalks and through alleys until the driver pulled it into a garage in the 3100 block of East Indiana.

Sergeant Ellis arrived at the location as the suspect, later identified as 41-year-old Matthew T. Hynes, was closing the garage door. Sheriff’s K9 Deputy Thurman and his partner Laslo, along with a couple Spokane Police Department officers, arrived to assist.

Several announcements were made informing Hynes he was under arrest, to exit the garage and give himself up but they were unsuccessful. During that time, consent was given by the owner of the residence to enter the garage.

Deputy Thurman gave another announcement, warning Hynes he was under arrest and to exit the garage or K9 Laslo would be sent in to find him. Getting no response from Hynes, Deputy Thurman pulled open the garage door. He observed Hynes standing along one of the walls of the garage. He told Hynes to get on the ground as K9 Laslo also made his presence clear.

Instead of following the commands, Hynes raised both of his fists, appearing he wanted to continue to resist being arrested and fight with deputies. Attempting to deescalate the situation and take Hynes into custody without force, Deputy Thurman again told him to get on the ground or he would release Laslo. Hynes continued to stand with his fists clinched and did not follow the commands. K9 Laslo was sent in and Laslo took him to the ground. Hynes continued to resist as he tried to get Laslo off of him and stand back up. Finally, Hynes stopped resisting and Deputy Thurman took control of Laslo, but when deputies moved into place him in handcuffs, Hynes began to resist again by pulling his arms away. After a short fight, Hynes was placed in handcuffs.

After being read his rights, Hynes said he knew Air 1 was chasing him but didn’t stop because he didn’t think “it was that big of a deal”. He also stated he didn’t follow deputy’s commands because he was scared.

After being treated and released for minor injuries, Hynes was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail on a felony charge of Eluding a Police Officer and misdemeanor charges of Driving While License Suspended 3rd, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing a Police Officer.

Sergeant Ellis contacted Union Pacific Police and confirmed they have numerous signs warning about trespassing on their property and had several problems in the past with Hynes trespassing.