Chase ends when deputy initiates PIT maneuver - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Chase ends when deputy initiates PIT maneuver

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A lengthy vehicle chase ended successfully early Saturday when the driver of a Ford Ranger pickup was unable to shake the dogged pursuit of sheriff's deputies, both on the ground and in the air.      

The incident began about 15 minutes after midnight when Deputy Chuck Sciortino attempted to stop the pickup as a potential drinking driver.  Instead of pulling over at First and Market in Mead, the truck's 16-year-old driver took off eastbound on Farwell Road.      

As Sciortino followed, other patrol units including Air One, the sheriff's helicopter, began closing in.  The helicopter was first to arrive and began calling out directions of the suspect to other responding units.     

As they watched from overhead, someone in the pickup opened the rear slider window and pointed something at Sciortino.  The helicopter crew warned him and then watched as the truck reached Bruce Road and went off-road into the fields to the east.     

Deputy Sciortino followed the suspect into the field, as did Deputy Andy Stockman who had arrived to assist.  The deputies attempted two PIT maneuvers before a third finally brought the truck to a stop.     

Deputy Jeremy Russell arrived in a sheriff's four-wheel drive and assisted the two in removing and securing the three occupants.  After the three were secured, the deputies found a .44-caliber pistol beneath the seat and several bullets on the floor.      

Sciortino arrested the 16-year-old male driver and processed him for Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol.  He then booked him into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center on that misdemeanor charge.      

He also issued him infractions for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign, Improper Lane Travel, No Valid Driver's License, Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance and Failure to Wear a Seatbelt.      

A female passenger in the car, 20-year-old Linda K. Gillock, was arrested on a felony warrant charging her with Escape From Community Custody.  A second passenger, an 18-year-old male, was given a courtesy ride to the Riverside community and released.

(Information Provided by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

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