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Two Spokane Police Officers struck while investigating suspicious vehicle; Police chase ensued

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Two Spokane Police Officers sustained minor injuries after a suspect struck both officers with the vehicle he was driving while attempting to speed away from both of them during a suspicious vehicle investigation.

Spokane Police say that just after 11pm Thursday two officers were at the Econolodge mote in the 1500 block of S. Rustle. The officers located a vehicle they thought could be stolen and approached the vehicle and the single occupant inside to investigate further. The driver, who was later identified as 28-year-old Blaine Arnold, started up the car, put the vehicle in gear and attempted to flee the area. While driving away, he struck both officers in the process.

Both officers received minor injuries but were able to get into their patrol cars and catch up to Arnold. Arnold lead Officers on a pursuit down the Sunset Hwy. Eventually officers performed a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle. Even after the vehicle spun out, Arnold still rammed one of the Police vehicles in an attempt to get away. Shortly after, enough back up units were able to arrive and Arnold was taken into custody.

The vehicle Arnold was driving was in fact stolen. Officers also found drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Arnold will be facing 3 counts of 2nd degree assault on Police Officers, Attempting to Elude a Police vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Spokane Police say, "This was a dangerous situation that could have had a very different ending. Officers were 'just' investigating a suspicious vehicle and in the matter of a couple seconds they were faced with a potentially life threatening situation. Luckily both of them were not seriously injured, were able to regain their composure and bring this dangerous situation to a safe end."

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