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Deputy hit head-on during chase in Spokane Valley

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A man who has since been identified as 43-year-old Hector Rodriguez led police on a chase early this morning in Spokane Valley.

Spokane Valley Sheriff Deputy Thurman stopped him at a traffic light around 1:30am because he was driving a stolen 2007 Chevy Avalanche. From there, Rodriguez drove to get away from Deputy Thurman and the chase began.

At Sprague/Coleman, Rodriguez intentionally slammed his car into Deputy Thurman's car, destroying the front bumper and tire. Deputy Thurman and his K9 partner, Laslo, got into another car, and continued chasing Rodriguez.

Rodriguez drove over mailboxes and eventually wrecked near Long/Appleway. From there, he ran from his pickup and hid under a deck. Laslo dragged him out.

During this chase, a female passenger in Rodriguez's car threw herself out of the car and is being treated for arm and head injuries at the hospital. Deputies believe she and Rodriguez were dating.

Rodriguez has an extensive criminal history in Spokane and is being charged now for unlawful imprisonment, vehicular assault, stolen property, eluding arrest and imprisonment, multiple felonies and a DUI.

This is a developing story. Check back with KHQ for updates.


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