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Driver In Fatal Pursuit: Criminal Record

Daniel J. Marinovich, 50 Daniel J. Marinovich, 50
Monday, June 20th: US 395 at Wandermere Bridge Monday, June 20th: US 395 at Wandermere Bridge

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Late Tuesday evening, Washington State Patrol released the identity of the man who died on the Wandermere bridge while fleeing from deputies. The man, 50-year-old Daniel J. Marinovich, was from Post Falls and had a criminal record that dates back to 1991.

According to authorities, Marinovich was spotted driving erratically on Monday morning and Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to pull him over. He did not stop and instead lead deputies on a high speed chase down US 395. About a mile north of the Wandermere Bridge authorities deployed spike strips in an effort to bring the chase to an end. The strips punctured and deflated one of Marinovich's tires but he continued on at a high rate of speed and crossed into oncoming, northbound traffic. Marinovich ran head-on into a semi-truck on the Wandermere Bridge. He was killed in the collision.

According to documents obtained through a State of Idaho website, Marinovich was arrested 14 times over the past 20 years in Kootenai County. Many of the charges he was arrested for involve offenses related to the operation of a motor vehicle. He was also arrested for Battery on several occasions.

Marinovich's first conviction came in 1997. He was found guilty of Assault from an incident in 1996. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail. In 1998 he was convicted of inattentive/careless driving. Post Falls Police arrested Marinovich in 2007 for Battery, Resisting Arrest and Disturbing the Peace. He was found guilty of the first two charges.

Marinovich's latest convictions came in 2008 and 2010. He was arrested for and found guilty of Battery again in 2008 and was then found guilty of failing to provide proof of insurance for the vehicle he was driving in 2010.

The investigation into what lead up to the crash on US 395 is ongoing.

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