A citizen helped officers find a fleeing fugitive early this morning in west Spokane, police said.
Christopher A. Hill, 31, was wanted on suspicion of bank robbery in Pendleton, Ore., and on a $250,000 bail jumping charge related to a meth possession case in Benton County when the Pacific Northwest Violent Crimes Task Force told Spokane patrol units he was in the area about 2 a.m., according to a news release.
Hill drove away from police in the area of U.S. Highway 195 and South Thorpe Road, but an alert citizen who watched the chase from her home called 911 and said she'd seen the man turn his headlights off and turn down Canyon Woods Road.
Hill again fled officers but high-centered his truck on a boulder, police said. Spokane police K-9 Leonidas found Hill about 60 feet from the truck. He was booked into jail on the warrant, as well as a new charge of attempting to elude police and harming a police dog for allegedly punching Leonidas and trying to pry open the dog's mouth, according to court documents.
"This is yet another fine example of Spokane's citizens assisting officers in apprehending a wanted individual," Officer Teresa Fuller wrote. "Our community is always doing a great job of being that extra set of eyes and ears for us so, "THANK YOU!""