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Rathdrum teen throws chase suspect out of second-floor window

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A Coeur d'Alene man is in jail Tuesday after a dangerous high speed chase in North Idaho that ended with a crash and a man being thrown out of a second story window.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. when officers in Rathdrum tried stopping a wanted man in a car. The man took off and lost control on a corner slamming into a garage. He jumped out of the car, ran into a house and out the back door. Giving chase, officers tailed him for two blocks to the Lone Tree Apartments.

"He wasn't supposed to be here, so I was going to make sure that he wasn't here," says 17-year-old Caleb Morriss. Morriss happened to be home sick Tuesday afternoon when the man broke in.

"I woke up and his foot was right here," says Morriss, gesturing close to his head. "I looked up and asked who he was and he looked at me," he says. "I've seen him around but I didn't know who he was."

That's when Morriss jumped into action.

"My first reaction was 'Get out!' He was jumping out the window a little bit and I decided to help him, so I hit him in the face and pushed him out."

Morriss threw the man out his window onto rose bushes below, where officers were waiting. The man eventually gave up after being tazed by officers and pepper sprayed. 

Caleb's dad says he's not surprised his son was able to handle the situation, he's just glad no one was hurt.

"He actually defended his home," Brayden Betzer says. "The guy wasn't supposed to be there and that's what ends up happening."

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