Shooting suspect rolls car and is ejected after short police chase - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Shooting suspect rolls car and is ejected after short police chase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Police say shooting suspect, Joseph L. Bledsaw, rolled his car and was ejected after trying to elude police)

SPOKANE, VALLEY, Wash. - A man wanted in connection with a February shooting and his female companion were taken into police custody Friday night after they attempted to elude an officer and crashed on Sprague Avenue beneath Interstate 90.

Authorities say 25-year-old Joseph L. Bledsaw, and his passenger 26-year-old Tanya M. Roybal, were both injured when Bledsaw struck a median and rolled their 1997 Pontiac while attempting to flee from Officer Chuck Sciortino and Reserve Deputy Bill Duffy at about 9:10 p.m. Friday.

Officer Sciortino was attempting to stop Bledsaw for speeding, but the suspect took off eastbound from Sprague and Havana at speeds in excess of 60 mph.  Police say Bledsaw was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for First-Degree Assault.  Bledsaw has a five-year criminal history with a prior conviction for First-Degree Malicious Mischief.

At Sprague and Fancher, Bledsaw struck a concrete median. The Pontiac rolled several times and he was ejected. The car then began burning, blocking the westbound on-ramp onto I-90.

Officers pulled Roybal from the wreckage and determined she was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant.

Detectives had been looking for Bledsaw since a February 27th shooting incident at the King's Square Apartments, at 15917 E. Sprague. On that date, Bledsaw reportedly confronted a man about a noise complaint he had filed with police about a female acquaintance of the suspect.

When the male entered his apartment to end the confrontation police say Bledsaw fired a shot through the apartment wall that narrowly missed a toddler sleeping inside.

Both Bledsaw and Roybal suffered injuries in the crash.  Both were transported to a downtown hospital for evaluation and treatment.  Roybal was treated and released. 

A Spokane County Sheriff's official said as of Sunday afternoon, Bledsaw was still being kept under guard at the hospital while his injuries were being monitored and treated.

The crash is under investigation by Spokane Valley Police traffic detectives.

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