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County Wide Pursuit

Posted 10/24/2013 11:38 AM by MDGREGORY
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On Thursday morning, October 24th, 2013, at 2:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies David Lawhorn and Lamont Petersen responded to a suspicious vehicle call at 6623 E. Trent Ave. Both deputies approached the suspicious vehicle on a road that was a dead-end. When the driver of the vehicle noticed the deputies, he accelerated towards Deputy Petersen's marked patrol vehicle at a high rate of speed with no lights on. Deputy Petersen had to swerve away from the vehicle to avoid being struck. The suspect vehicle almost struck Deputy Lawhorn's marked patrol vehicle as it turned westbound onto Trent.

At that point, Deputies Lawhorn and Petersen advised dispatch they were in pursuit of the vehicle, which was reported as stolen. Multiple deputies and SPD officers were involved in the pursuit as it continued into northeast Spokane, north to the Deer Park area, then south where deputies were able to disable the suspect vehicle using spike strips near Hwy. 395 and Monroe Road. The passenger, later identified as 29-year-old Jason Harris, was throwing debris out the window at the patrol vehicles during the majority of the pursuit.

Shortly after the tires deflated, the male driver and Harris ran northbound from the vehicle on the south side of the Wandermere Bridge towards Wandermere Golf Course. Sheriff K9 Deputy S. Stipe and his partner Brax were able to track Harris to a fence north of 395 where he was taken into custody. The driver was not located.

Harris was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the charges of Reckless Endangerment, Felony Eluding, Resisting Arrest and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Anyone who can assist in identifying the driver is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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