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Sheriff’s ‘copter helps bust drunken party

A sheriff's helicopter helped police track drunken partygoers in Spokane Valley early Sunday.

Officers called in back up from other law enforcement agencies to help them control people at the part in the 16100 block of East Broadway Avenue, which they responded to about 1 a.m. after reports of a party and disturbance.

Sheriff's helicopter Air 1 was patrolling and alerted police to several people in the road and surrounding yards.

Police said several drunken people refused to obey their commands. The majority eventually went back inside as requested, but Rion Holmes, 24, was arrested after refusing commands to stop walking in he middle of Broadway and disrupting traffic, police say.

Police say Holmes also continued to yell at others around the home and encouraged them not to cooperate with police. He was arrested for riot, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Nicholas Loverro, 22, also allegedly refused commands and was arrested for riot, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Homeowner Justin Doggett, 25, was booked into jail on suspicion of providing alcohol to minors. An underage female was cited and released for possession of alcohol. Officers arrested a total of nine people, police said.

Man in chase Tasered several times

A man who fled a police chase in the Four Lakes area was arrested after being shocked several times with a Taser late Sunday.

Jesse Ray Waldvogel, 25, ran from his car at milepost 267 on Interstate 90 about 5 p.m. as state troopers pursued him in a domestic violence investigation, according to the Washington State Patrol. He was believed to be armed, and law enforcement, including a helicopter and sheriff's K-9, scoured the heavily vegetated area but came up empty.

Waldvogel was arrested about 9:50 p.m. near Medical Lake-Four Lakes Road and Granite Lake Road but freed his right hand from cuffs and struggled with officers while saying “something to the effects of 'you're gonna have to kill me!'.” according to court documents. He continued to resist after one Taser shock, according to the WSP, so two to three more were applied.

“After the Taser cycled through Waldvogel stated that he was done resisting and asked something to the effects of 'why couldn't you guys just shoot me?,” according to court documents.

Troopers left the Taser probes in Waldvogel as he was examined by medics and told him he'd be shocked again if he resisted. Waldovgel had cuts on his forehead, hands and feet but declined hospital treatment, troopers say.

Waldvogel described the pursuit to police and said he'd been bit by a snapping turtle while hiding in the water, according to court documents.

He was booked into jail on charges of attempting to elude police and resisting arrest.

Video shows driver flee arrest at 90 mph

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Above is a video showing a 24-minute police chase last weekend that ended with the arrest of Sergey A. Alekseyev, 19.

A sheriff's Air-1 tracked Alekseyev's 1996 Honda Accord from northbound Freya Street to the 5800 block of Yale Road.
 
The pursuit began just after midnight Saturday when Alekseyev allegedly sped up behind Cpl. Dave Ellis in the 1800 block of Greene Sreet, then refused to stop and sped away on Illinois Avenue at about 60 mph. Read more here.

Carjacking suspects tracked by ‘copter

Two men suspected of carjacking a 2001 Volkswagen Bug were arrested late Saturday after being pursued by a sheriff's helicopter.

Less than 24 hours after helping nab a suspect in a police chase, Air-1 helped arrest Joseph Andrew Johnson, 20, and Lee Jackson Crider, 30, Saturday night on accusations they'd stolen a car in the 9310 block of East 1st Ave. on April 28.
 
Later, a man told police he confronted three men who were driving a Bug on April 29 and that all men had a “tweaker” look to them, court documents say.
 
One man man pointed a gun at him and tried to steal his car, but the man escaped to a gas station and called 911. Police responded to a report of a robbery late Saturday near 1st and Willow, then to a smilar report later in the area of Cataldo Avenue  and Bowman Road.  Police contacted Johnson, who said he'd paid $100 for the car but admitted to being involved in a fight at 2st and Willow. 
 
Johnson said a gun was involved but said he didn't carry it. Johnson was arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, as well as a bag of meth found in  the battery compartment of Johnson's cell phone, according to a probable cause affidavit.
 
Witnesses identified Johnson and Crider as walking away from the Bog. The sheriff's helicopter spotted them in a grassy area near Park on the south side of Interstate 90.  
 
Inside the Bug, police found a machete, which one victim said was used to threaten him.

Sheriff’s ‘copter helps catch fleeing driver

A motorist who tailed a Spokane County sheriff's patrol car at speeds up to 90 mph was arrested after being tracked by the Air-1 helicopter, officials said Monday.  

Sergey A. Alekseyev, 19, was arrested after sheriff's Air-1 tracked 1996 Honda Accord he was driving from northbound Freya Street to the 5800 block of Yale Road, the sheriff's office said.

The 24-minute pursuit began just after midnight Saturday when Alekseyev allegedly sped up behind Cp.l Dave Ellis in the 1800 block of Greene Sreet, then refused to stop and sped away on Illinois Avenue at about 60 mph.
 
Ellis and another driver had to brake and swerve to avoid a crash, and the helicopter joined the pursuit around Freya Street. The Honda turned its headlights off while northbound on Florida, and Ellis terminated the pursuit while the helicopter continued the pursuit.
 
Ellis caught up the Honda after it drove south near Spokane Community College and popped its passenger-side tires on spike strops.
 
The car continued to drive on its rims before Deputy Daryl Smith used  a PIT maneuver to stop it on Yale Road, and Alexkeyev was arrested.

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