UPDATE: Two Patrol Cars Damaged In Collision: One Suspect Still - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Two Patrol Cars Damaged In Collision: One Suspect Still At Large

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - An early-morning pursuit Saturday left two patrol cars damaged and two officers with minor injuries, but the suspect in jail on a variety of criminal charges.

Officers Jeffrey Rogers and Jason Karnitz were working together about 2:30 a.m. when they attempted to stop a 1989 Honda Prelude.  The driver took off at high speeds and ran several stop signs and red traffic signals.

The pursuit ran generally in a circuitous route from Vista and Broadway to Liberty Lake where the suspect crashed after reaching speeds in excess of 70 mph on tires flattened by police spike strips.

Officer Rogers chased the driver from Honda and both he and the suspect ran over the top of an embankment in the dark.  Rogers injured his knee, but captured the resisting driver, later identified as 25-year-old Jason Edward Cooper.

Both were checked out at a hospital before Cooper was booked into jail for Vehicular Assault, Attempting to Elude  a Police Vehicle, Resisting Arrest and Second-Degree Driving while License Suspended.  Rogers was sent home after leaving the hospital.

During the chase, two patrol cars collided at Sprague and Bowdish about eight minutes into the pursuit.  Officers Scott Bonney and Todd Miller may have been maneuvering into position to use spike strips when they collided in the intersection.

Both cars suffered significant damage, a cable television pole was sheared off and a fire hydrant slightly damaged.  Bonney was uninjured in the crash, but Miller suffered minor cuts from broken glass.

Investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

A passenger with Cooper during the pursuit escaped at the end of the chase.  Anyone with information regarding his identity is encouraged to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Two Spokane Valley Police cars suffered heavy damage after a collision at the intersection of Sprague and Bowdish early Saturday morning. The incident began around 2:45 AM when police were called to the area of Broadway and Ella for reckless driver. When police located the driver, he took off and led them on a pursuit.

During the pursuit, two patrol cars were heading to the intersection of Sprague and Bowdish for counter-measures, which included potentially laying down spikes. According to police while heading to that intersection one of the vehicles suffered brake failure and collided with the other patrol car. Both cars were severely damaged, along with a light pole, power pole and fire hydrant. Both officers were walking around and alert after the collision but were taken to the hospital for precautionary measures.

The pursuit suspect was later arrested and booked on felony Eluding and Driving With A Suspended License.

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