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UPDATE: Driver CRASHES & ROLLS On E. Broadway After High Speed Chase

UPDATE: SPOKANE, Wash. - Earlier this morning, the Spokane Valley Police was involved in short high speed pursuit of a reckless driver.  Around 3am, Corporal Darin Staley was leaving the Broadway Truck Stop in his patrol vehicle.  He saw a vehicle heading westbound on Broadway coming over the I-90 overpass that he estimated its speed at 80+ mph.  The posted speed limit in the area is 35 mph.

Corporal Staley tried to catch up with the high speed vehicle in attempt to pull it over.  As the suspect vehicle approached the Fancher Way intersection, he saw the vehicle go right through the red light at a high rate of speed.  Corporal Staley activated his emergency lights and siren, but the suspect vehicle continued to accelerate away from him.

As Corporal Staley approached the Spokane County Fairgrounds near the Broadway Ave and Havana St intersection, he was traveling around 100 mph, but the suspect vehicle was still pulling away from him.  Due to the severe recklessness of the suspect's driving, Corporal Staley terminated his pursuit of the vehicle.

However, shortly after he stopped his pursuit, he noticed a bunch of dust and the tail lights of the suspect vehicle disappear a distance well west of Havana St.  As Corporal Staley continued to drive down Broadway Ave west of Havana St, he discovered a bunch of vehicle debris scattered everywhere along the roadway.

It was shortly after this he found the suspect vehicle had crashed, which was a 2003 Volkswagen Passat.  The driver, 28-year-old Michael Lawler of Spokane, surprisingly survived the high speed crash and fled on foot.  However, a Sheriff's K-9 found Lawler a short time later hiding in the grass about 200 feet from the scene.  April Smith, age 23 and also of Spokane, was a passenger in the vehicle.  She did not flee from the scene.  Both Lawler and Smith were transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained in the collision.

Officers then responded to the hospital.  Lawler was exhibiting signs of being under the influence and admitted to drinking prior to the collision.  He was placed under arrest for vehicular assault, as the full extent injuries to Smith were still unknown, and a blood sample to determine his blood alcohol content was taken. 

Sheriff's traffic investigators were called out to investigate and document the scene evidence.  The other officers at the hospital left, as both Lawler and Smith were still being evaluated and their injuries being treated.  While processing the collision scene, traffic investigators learned that Lawler and Smith ultimately only received minor injuries and were released from the hospital.

Since the suspect's blood sample will take around 6-8 weeks to be analyzed by the state toxicology laboratory and traffic investigators are still analyzing the data they collected to reconstruct the crash, Lawler was not booked into the jail.  Once all of the evidence is in, Lawler will likely face felony eluding and DUI charges.

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KHQ.COM - A man is recovering with unknown injuries after crashing his vehicle during a high speed chase between Havana & Freya on E. Broadway. The crash happened around 3 this morning. Before crashing the suspect left a trail of destruction including demolishing a fire hydrant. It's not clear why the suspect ran from police. Speeds reached up 100 miles per hour. When KHQ crews arrived on the scene both deputies and police officers were on the scene. At this hour we're awaiting the official press release. >>>Look for updates here on KHQ.Com, KHQ, Facebook and our Twitter news feed.

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