Local authorities: high speed pursuit nets stolen car
SPOKANE, Wash. - A vehicle theft suspect and his accomplice are in police custody Monday after the two attempted to elude capture in a high-speed chase Saturday afternoon.
Spokane Valley Police Officer Michael Wall was on patrol about shortly before 1 p.m. when he spied a gold Honda Accord with three occupants leaving the 7-Eleven store at Broadway and Park. The driver's hesitancy to pull out in front of the patrol car piqued the officer's curiosity and he ran a registration check on the license plate.
The car returned as a stolen vehicle from the City of Spokane. Wall followed the car while waiting for backup officers to arrive, and when he attempted to stop the car, the driver took off at speeds up to 70 mph on the mostly 35 mph city streets.
The Honda's driver jumped onto Interstate 90 westbound at Fancher and quickly accelerated to 100+ mph. When the driver swerved onto the off-ramp at Altamont and re-entered city streets, the pursuit was terminated as being too dangerous.
Officers continued driving around the area at normal speeds, and a bystander pointed to the north where the stolen car was found abandoned at Division and Main. While waiting for backup, Officer Wall had gotten a good look at the driver, and now spotted the suspect crossing the street at Pine and Spokane Falls Blvd.
He ordered the suspect to the ground and then arrested him with backup assistance from a Spokane City police officer. Meanwhile, Officer Chan Erdman had located a female passenger and detained her as well. While interviewing her, the woman pulled baggies containing methamphetamine and heroin from her clothing and handed them over.
The officers checked the stolen Honda and noted the steering column had been torn apart and hotwired to a loose ignition with a shaved key. Non-stock stereo items were hot-wired into the engine compartment. The back seat contained cases of hand tools, possibly stolen. Wall seized the Honda for further investigation.
He identified the driver as 26-year-old Michael B. Amy of Spokane Valley and booked him into the Spokane County Jail on felony counts of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle. He also charged him with misdemeanor counts of Possession of Motor Vehicle Theft Tools and Third-Degree Driving while License Suspended.
The female, 23-year-old Ashlea L. Roberts of Spokane was booked for Second-Degree Taking a Motor Vehicle without Owner's Permission, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of Heroin and Possession of Methamphetamine.
The car's owner lost her purse containing credit cards which were later used by the suspects. Investigation into those thefts and forgeries continues.
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