A driver being pursued by Spokane Police for reckless driving in downtown Spokane hit another driver on Saturday evening.
The female victim had minor injuries when the other driver, later identified as 29-year-old Noah T. Grant, hit her vehicle in the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Jefferson Street.
Officer Micah Prim spotted Grant around 5:40 p.m. during a license plate check of a Nissan Pathfinder at Maple Street and 4th Avenue. The registered owner had an active felony warrant, said police in court documents.
The driver had difficulties turning left on 4th Avenue, ending up on the curb, making the officer believe he may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Officer Prim turned on his patrol lights, but the driver kept going and even accelerated when the sirens were flipped on.
The driver sped past a responding Corporal’s vehicle and ran a red light hitting another car in the intersection.
Police said in court documents that Grant fled the vehicle and ran down Railroad Alley where he slipped into a fenced area populated with wine racks. Frantically, Grant realized he was trapped. Another responding officer climbed the tall pile of wine racks into the fenced area and arrested Grant.
A switchblade knife found near Grant’s vehicle in the roadway was picked up as evidence.
Grant was booked into Spokane County Jail for vehicle hit and run with injury, attempt to elude a pursuing police vehicle, possession of a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.
He’s to be arraigned next week with a $25,000 bail on his charges.