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Thu., Aug. 21, 2008, 4:42 a.m.

Police Blotter — 08/21/2008

Good morning, Netizens...

Seen and heard from the Spokane Police records online:

Contact :
Ofc Daddato #729
Date :
Incident #:
Police Pursuit ends in safe effective PIT on I90 FWY
On August 21, 2008 at 00:24 AM, Ofc E. Specht attempted to stop a reckless driver at Altamont/4th. The driver (Solorio) failed to pull over and accelerated to approx 60 MPH southbound. Solorio slowed down as he entered the residential areas of the south hill but still failed to stop for police. The pursuit continued northbound Arthur/3rd. Solorio continued eastbound to Altamont and then went southbound again increasing his speed to approx 60 MPH. Solorio again went through the residential areas of the south hill and again northbound Arthur towards 3rd. Spokane police set spike strips at Arthur/3rd which Solorio struck, flattening the left front and left rear tire.
Solorio continued evading police eastbound 3rd/Arthur. Solorio reached speeds of approx 50 MPH on 3rd and entered the I90 FWY from Altamont entrance. At the first sign of no traffic on the eastbound I90 FWY, Spokane Police initiated a successful and safe PIT. Officers were able to pin Solorio's vehicle into the cement center divider. Solorio was then taken into custody without incident.
Solorio was the registered owner of the 1992 Buick maroon 4 door. Solorio was arrested for felony eluding and processed for DUI. Solorio was booked into Spokane County Jail for felony eluding. Solorio was identified as Solorio, Brian S DOB: 7/13/72.

What is a PIT referred to above?

Let's see here... Having “a few too many” cost Solario 2 new tires, some major body work on his car, getting his Buick out of the impound lot, and the services of a bail bondsman if he can afford it. Not to mention if Office Specht had not caught and detained him, he could have Blue-Crossed someone or put them in the funeral home with his driving habits. The cost of his booze: perhaps as high as $4000-$5000 (less attorneys, tow truck and other miscellaneous fees). Saving a human life: priceless


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