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Man attempts to run over pedestrian during police chase; Arrested for multiple felonies

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police have arrested a man on multiple felonies after he intentionally rammed cars in a parking lot, ran into a business, led police on a chase and attempted to run over a pedestrian before crashing at Rowan and Cincinnati.

According to Spokane Police, they received multiple calls around 10:45pm Wednesday night that a vehicle in the area of Nevada and Wellesley was intentionally ramming other cars in the parking lot of a business, and subsequently began striking the building of the business. It was also reported the driver was likely intoxicated.

When SPD units arrived on scene, the suspect failed to stop and attempted to flee from police in his vehicle.

Due to the suspect’s extremely erratic behavior, it was determined he was a threat to the community who needed to be apprehended, and therefore a vehicle pursuit was initiated.

The suspect vehicle crashed near the intersection of Rowan and Cincinnati. The driver then fled on foot, and the SPD K-9 unit was utilized.

The driver, Joseph T Harper (33), was located a few blocks away and taken into custody.

In addition to intentionally ramming vehicles, and a building, Harper had also attempted to run over a citizen as they witnessed the incident. Harper was driving a stolen vehicle during the event, and is believed to have been under the influence of drugs.

Harper was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, and will be booked for Assault 1st degree, Malicious Mischief 2nd degree, Attempt to elude a police vehicle, Taking motor vehicle without owner’s permission 2nd, DUI, and Hit and run.

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