The quiet community of Newman Lake was anything but on Tuesday and one man is in the Spokane County Jail on multiple charges after what could be the slowest police chase of all time.
Many people in Newman Lake thought they were seeing a training exercise, but Tom Burgess knew something was going on, and he was right.
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office got a call of a burglar caught by a homeowner in their garage.
"The neighbors shooed him away, when we got on scene, I think he saw us coming into the area," Sergeant Dave Thornburg said.
That's when the burglar got creative.
"He went out to one of the docks and took somebody's kayak," Thornburg said.
That's right, a kayak.
"20 years, never seen anything like this at all," Burgess said.
The man paddled away from deputies, eventually jumping off, swimming to shore and hiding in a marshy area under a tree.
"We weren't sure if he was armed or not, so we launched AirOne, especially with the water and swampyness we could see him from above," Thornburg said.
Neighbors watched intently as deputies were finally forced to use a taser and K9 to get the man to give himself up.
"We've had a few boat and people in the water type chases, but this would be the first kayak chase on Newman Lake," Thornburg said.
Homeowners are just happy the man was finally caught. Sheriff's deputies say the whole thing ended about as well as they could have hoped for, proving that you can't out run the law, even in a kayak.
I just spoke with Deputies who describe what may be the slowest chase ever. The suspect saw law enforcement and tried to escape using a stolen kayak. He eventually ditched it and tried to hide. A taser and K-9 had to be used on the man who was fought with deputies. @KHQLocalNews pic.twitter.com/l4HnxBpkAK— Patrick Erickson KHQ (@patrickerickson) September 10, 2019
UPDATE: The burglary suspect has safely been taken into custody using a Sheriff’s K-9 and Air One. Deputies tell me he stole and tried to evade capture using a kayak on Newman Lake, which apparently was a bad choice of escape vehicle. @KHQLocalNews pic.twitter.com/Jm8iZGi2jT— Patrick Erickson KHQ (@patrickerickson) September 10, 2019