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Spokane Police: Teen Arrested After Pursuit

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Spokane Police responded to a fight near Chestnut and Mallon last night around 10:30pm. Initial information described suspects throwing sticks and trying to run people over with their vehicles. At least one vehicle was struck by the suspect.

While Ofc. Art Dollard was interviewing a witness, the suspect vehicle (with two occupants) drove directly at him; he and the witness jumped out of the way to avoid being struck. Ofc. Dollard wrote in his report, "…when the car finally stopped, it was in the same spot where we had just been standing. Had we not have moved, we could have been severely injured or killed." The driver fled the scene before Ofc. Dollard could approach him.

Sgt. Dave Overhoff located the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle failed to stop, so officers pursued it. Ofc. Chris Bode stopped his car in the roadway in an attempt to discourage the suspect from continuing to flee. There was plenty of room for the suspect to drive around Ofc. Bode, but the suspect intentionally drove up and over the curb, hitting the rear bumper of the patrol car. The suspect vehicle again attempted to flee; showing disregard for his safety, the safety of citizens as well as police officers. Ofc. Bode reengaged the pursuit and was able to perform a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to stop the fleeing vehicle. The technique was successful in stalling the suspect vehicle, but the suspect attempted to accelerate, thereby pinning Ofc. Bode inside his patrol car.

Officers arrested the driver, a 17 year old male, for two counts of 1st degree Assault, one count of 2nd degree Assault (on an officer) and Felony Eluding. The juvenile will also face Driving Under the Influence charges. The passenger was released.

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