Woman Trapped In Vehicle During Police Chase
SPD NEWS RELEASE: On Monday morning Spokane Police Officers arrested 44-year-old Leroy K. Berra for attempting to elude, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), unlawful imprisonment, as well as DUI and driving with a suspended license.
Ofc. Scott Lesser attempted to stop a gray Chevrolet Suburban speeding through the downtown corridor at 2:30 this morning. The Suburban was running multiple red lights without pausing or slowing down. When Ofc. Lesser attempted to stop the car, the driver (Berra) looked at him and accelerated, attempting to flee. Ofc. Lesser recognized Berra, and determined Berra's driving was so reckless that it presented a danger to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and he and terminated the pursuit.
Officer Chris Johnson spotted Berra driving the Suburban just before 3am and stopped it near Monroe and Shannon. Officers contacted Berra, as well as his female passenger. When officers arrested Berra for DUI and the suspended license, they found cocaine in his pants pocket.
Officers spoke with the female passenger, who confided in officers that during the earlier pursuit, she feared for her safety. Berra refused to allow her to get out of the car and she was held against her will. Berra was subsequently charged with Unlawful Imprisonment.
Berra was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the above charges.
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