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Man with previous DUI conviction found passed out in Spokane Valley drive thru Sunday morning leads deputies on chase

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Spokane Valley Deputies say a 31-year-old man is in jail after passing out drunk in a Jack in the Box drive-thru early Sunday morning and then leading deputies on a short pursuit when they confronted him. 

Michael V. Elston was reportedly in and out of consciousness as he sat in his car at around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday. A deputy contacted Elston and could smell alcohol coming from his car. He also noticed Elston's eyes were watery and droopy and order him to turn the car off. That's when Elston "said no and sped away." 

Two deputies sitting at a red light on Pines and Mission saw Elston leave the parking at a high rate of speed and initiated a pursuit. Deputies say Elston reached speed of 60 mph in a 35 mph zone and failed to stop for pursuing deputies. Elston eventually turned south on McDonald and reached speeds of 75 mpg. 

"Fearing for the safety of the public, Deputy Jones began to survey the area to conduct a possible PIT maneuver to safely end the pursuit," Deputy Mark Gregory said in a release. "As Elston approached a red light at Broadway, he slowed down. With no other vehicles or pedestrians observed in the area, Deputy Jones moved in and successfully completed a pursuit intervention technique (PIT), causing Elston’s vehicle to slowly spin and come to a stop on Broadway just west of McDonald."

Deputy Tim Jones and Sergeant Damon Simmons pinned Elton's car so he could not leave, but Elston instead jumped out of the car and fled on foot. He was quickly caught by Sgt. Simmons.

After taking him to the ground deputies say Elston grabbed Sgt. Simmons' gun belt and kept his hand under his body. 

"Not knowing if Elston was armed or attempting to access weapons on Sergeant Simmons’ gun belt, on which he continued to pull, several strikes were delivered," Deputy Gregory said. "After a brief struggle, Deputy Jones and Sergeant Simmons gained control of Elston and placed him in handcuffs."

Deputies say Elston appeared extremely intoxicated and had problems walking back to the patrol cars. 

The passenger in Elston's car was also extremely intoxicated and could not give a statement. 

Elston had a prior DUI conviction and was required to have an ignition interlock device on his car, but deputies say no such device was installed. 

Elston was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated and receive treatment for minor injuries. From Deputy Miller’s observations, he believed Elston was highly intoxicated and he applied for, and was granted, a search warrant to retrieve a sample of Elston’s blood for testing.

Elston was medically cleared and was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempting to Elude a Law Enforcement Vehicle, DUI, and Operating a Vehicle without an Ignition Interlock Device.

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