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Man lands in jail after high-speed chase on slick roads in Mead area

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The Spokane County Sheriff's Office reports a 23-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after leading deputies on a chase on slick roads in the Mead area. The driver was taken into custody after losing control of his vehicle.

Just after 9 p.m., Deputy Benner saw a car speeding toward him on Peone Road near Fairview Road. The driver, identified as Konstantin A. Chekulayev, was clocked on radar going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone. When the deputy turned around to give chase, Chekulayev was driving even faster. During the chase, deputy Benner reported Chekulayev was turning his lights off and on while he turned onto Myrtle to get away from the deputy. Speeding at 40 mph in the 25 mph zone.

In the 9400 block of North Market, the pursuit was terminated due to the increased speeds and danger to the public. As the deputy was pulling over to the side of the road he saw dust about 100 yards away in the direction where Chekulayev fled. The deputy checked the area as saw skid marks leading off the road and saw Chekulayev standing next to his car by a pine tree.

Chekulayev was taken into custody after backup arrived. After being advised of his rights, Chekulayev told the deputy he was driving too fast, but said he didn't see deputy Benner behind him, saying he couldn't see well out of his back window and his music was up loud and drowned out the sirens. He also said he had a bad fuse in his lights, which is why they were turning on and off.

Chekulayev was booked into Spokane County Jail for charges including Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle and 3rd Degree Reckless Driving.

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