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Spokane county sheriff's deputy injured after chase

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: A sheriff's deputy suffered bruised ribs early Tuesday when a pair of thieves rammed his patrol car with a Jeep Cherokee they had stolen less than two hours earlier.

Deputy Rob Satake was dispatched to the area of 7000 N. Stevens about 1:20 a.m. after a resident saw someone in a white Jeep shining a flashlight into the interiors of vehicles parked along the street.  When he arrived in the area, he spotted the Jeep creeping westbound along the south curb line of Wedgewood.

Satake closed distance and saw that the Jeep was dragging something behind it.  As he approached, the Jeep turned south on Whitehouse.  When he activated his emergency lights to stop it, the driver took off and ran the stop sign at Lyons.  The Jeep continued south to Francis where the driver attempted to make a sweeping left turn without braking.

The Jeep turned sideways and out of control with the front facing north and the back onto the sidewalk.  It took out about 75 feet of fence and swiped a home, wiping outside vents from the wall.

The Jeep continued to slide around and stopped facing westbound and Satake's patrol car.  The driver accelerated and the two vehicles clipped each other.  The deputy was able to shine his spotlight at the two occupants so he could remember them later.

After the minor first collision, the Jeep spun around the front of the patrol car and ended up facing the passenger side of Satake's car.  The driver floored the accelerator and punched the side of the Crown Victoria from five-to-seven feet away.  The two suspects jumped out and ran.

Satake chased the driver to the backyard of a residence in the 6200 block of North Washington where he arrested him.  The suspect, 19-year-old transient River E. Hewson, was clutching two prescription pill bottles and a red bandana in his hands when taken into custody.

Spokane Police officers located the passenger, a 14-year-old boy, several blocks away and held him until Satake arrived and identified him as the person who fled from the Jeep.

Deputies contacted the registered owner of the Jeep who said he had parked it on the street in the 5300 block of North Stevens about 11:30 p.m. Monday.  He went to the crash site and said a sleeping bag, Polaris snowmobile jacket and other miscellaneous items of camping equipment were missing.

Those items and a tool box were later discovered in a yard in the 6500 block of North Stevens, and were apparently the items Satake had seen the suspects dragging when he first spotted them.

Deputies discovered two other vehicles that had been broken into, one in the 5400 block and one in the 6500 block of North Stevens.

Satake was taken to a local hospital where he was checked for rib pain and released back to duty.  The teen passenger complained of a sore knee and was checked at a second hospital before being booked into juvenile Detention for Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

Hewson was booked into jail on felony counts of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle and Second-Degree Assault.  He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of Hit and Run Collision and two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Legend Drug.

 Both the Jeep and patrol car were towed from the scene.

 

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