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Suspected police eluder arrested at home

A Colbert-area man was arrested Thursday evening at home after Spokane County sheriff’s deputies traced the registration of a car whose driver had been chased by deputies earlier in the evening.

Bryce Kottke, 20, was booked into Spokane County Jail for reckless driving and attempting to elude a police vehicle.

About 10 p.m., deputies spotted a Honda Civic speeding on Hawthorne Road near the Newport Highway and attempted to catch the driver, who then took the deputies on a chase to Hillyard and then north on Market Street where another deputy had laid down “stop sticks” at Market and Freya Street to flatten the vehicle tires.

The chase was discontinued, but deputies later found the car abandoned near Mount Spokane Park Drive and Market. A check of the registration led deputies to Kottke’s home, where he was arrested after jumping over a neighbor’s fence to gain access to his residence.

He had keys for the Honda in his pocket, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Kottke appeared in Superior Court today, where his brother told Judge Annette Plese that deputies searched his yard without a warrant.

"There are a couple that are harassing him," he said.

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