Police Chase Ends In Crash In Spokane Valley - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Police Chase Ends In Crash In Spokane Valley

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE VALLEY POLICE DEPT: Spokane Valley Police Officers arrested Joshua G. Garvin, 27, for several felonies including a felony warrant and they recovered the reported stolen vehicle he was driving after a short vehicle pursuit which ended in the area of Sprague and Willow.

At approximately 4:30am while checking the area of a vehicle prowling call, Officer Nathan Bohanek observed a 1990 Honda Accord and ran a check of the vehicle's license plate. He was notified the vehicle was reported stolen on January 3, 2012. When Bohanek attempted to stop the vehicle, Garvin turned northbound on McDonald from Sprague and tried to elude the pursuing officers.

The vehicle traveled westbound on Mission and southbound on Argonne as it reached speeds of 50 to 80 miles per hour. With the vehicle and pedestrian traffic light at this time of the morning, the officers continued the pursuit. 

When Garvin turned east on Sprague going the wrong way on the 5 lane roadway, officers tried to move into position to execute a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver to end the pursuit. Garvin swerved apparently in an attempt to foil the technique and collided with the patrol vehicle causing damage to both vehicles. 

Officers were able to take Garvin into custody after a short struggle. During the search of the vehicle and Gavin after his arrest, officers located methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, "shaved" ignition keys and several other items which may be stolen. 

Garvin received treatment for a minor injury and was booked into the Spokane County Jail for several felonies to include Possession of Stolen Property, Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in addition to the warrants and misdemeanor charges. More charges could be added if the property found in his possession is determined to be stolen.


SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Just before 5 a.m. on Thursday a police chase with speeds reaching up to 80 miles per hour ended at E. Sprague and N. Willow in Spokane Valley.

Police say they were able to safely and successfully pursue the suspect, 27 year old Joshua G. Garvin, whom they say stole the car on January 3rd on South Hill. The vehicle is a 1990 Honda Accord, one of the most commonly stolen vehicles.

Police say Garvin is wanted for felony assault. In addition, police say they found stolen goods in car and say he may have been prowling cars overnight. He will soon face charges for resisting police, auto theft, and attempting to elude police.

Police told KHQ they used a pit maneuver to bring in the suspect's vehicle to a stop. During the maneuver the suspect's vehicle bumped into a police car and both vehicles spun out. Police say that the suspect was hospitalized with minor injuries. No police were injured.

Traffic on E. Sprague was closed near Willow for more than two hours, but the lanes re-opened to traffic shortly after 7:30 a.m.