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Documents: Stolen semi-truck driver was 'laughing and pumping his fist in the air' as he blew by police

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Court documents released on Friday regarding the intense pursuit of a stolen semi-truck through residential Spokane on Thursday, show officers saw the suspect, Daren Suiter, laughing and fist pumping as he blew by police officer at excessive speeds. 

Multiple law enforcement officers are quoted as saying the feared for their lives as Suiter barreled past them, sometimes at speeds clocked at 70 miles per hour. 

"The defendant was smiling and laughing, and pumping his right fist in the air as he went past," one law enforcement officer is quoted as saying. 

The incident began late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning when a Peterbuilt semi-truck was stolen from a business on N. Thierman. Later, Thursday morning, court documents say that semi-truck was used to steal a trailer parked at the Walmart in Airway Heights. Later in the day, near Felts Field, a deputy responded to a call of two men offloading packages from a Walmart trailer. One man, later identified as Daren Suiter, got into the semi-truck and fled from law enforcement. 

The pursuit lasted 24 minutes and went from the Millwood area, all the way to north Spokane and finally ended east of Gonzaga Prep. Law enforcement officers say Suiter reached speeds of 70 miles per hour, even though speed limits were never higher than 35 miles per hour. Though no one was hurt, documents say Suiter nearly hit several officers during the pursuit. 

Ultimately, Suiter crashed the semi-truck into a resident's fence and car and fled the scene. He was eventually located by a K9 officer and arrested. Suiter was booked on several charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, hit and run and eluding. The second man who was originally helping Suiter unload the trailer has not been located yet. 

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