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Man arrested after high-speed chase apologizes for nearly hitting KHQ employee

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

An attempted burglary ended with a wild police chase from Airway Heights to downtown Spokane Saturday afternoon.

The suspect has been identified as James Lairmore. He has a lengthy criminal history according to court records.

The dangerous pursuit ended close to our studio. Lairmore nearly hit one of our employees, and for that, he tearfully apologized.

"It just seemed like I couldn't stop," Lairmore said. "Everything started escalating."

Lairmore is used as a jail cell. His record includes trafficking stolen stuff, attempting to elude police, drugs, and more. But what he's seemingly not used to is an overwhelming sense of remorse.

"I'm deeply sorry," he said.

Lairmore's tearful pleas for forgiveness don't hold much weight with law enforcement.

"I wish he would have been sorry before he risked our deputies lives and risked the safety of the public," said Deputy Mark Gregory.

A deputy spotted Lairmore near the attempted break-in scene and tried to pull him over. Court documents say the suspect took off going at least 55 mph on city streets. His reported erratic behavior stretched for miles before ending downtown.

"Honestly most people are sorry when they're caught," Gregory said.

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