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Man Arrested After Attempting To Run Over Spokane Police Officer

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Tuesday a Spokane Police Sergeant located a stolen Subaru and followed it. The officer waited for other officers to respond and assist. The Subaru turned a corner and pulled over at Rowan/Nevada. 

The Sgt. attempted to detain the driver and passenger that had exited the stolen vehicle. The driver got back in the running car and accelerated in reverse at the Sgt. The Sgt had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck. The driver fled at a high rate of speed.

Ofc C. McMurtrey located the vehicle in the 500 block of East North Ave rolling to a stop and unoccupied. K9 Officer C. Hamilton responded with K9 Leonidas to assist in locating the suspect. 

The suspect was located hiding in some leaves in a backyard in the 500 block of East Everett. He was positively ID'd as the driver of the stolen vehicle. 

Officers arrested 41-year-old Melvin Gillespie. Gillespie fought with K9 Leonidas, punching him in the head several times. He was finally controlled after a struggle with officers.

Gillespie was booked for first degree assault, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and attempt to elude. K9 Leonitas was not seriously injured.

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