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Gunfire near park leads to police chase

This car flipped over during a chase with Spokane police early Thursday. See more photos from KHQ-TV here.

Reports of gunfire near Corbin Park early today led to a police chase that ended with the suspect's car flipping on its roof.

Salvadore Lazalde, 29, was arrested for attempting to elude police and a warrant for car theft after he crawled out of his overturned four-door compact car as officers approached near West Garland Avenue and North Oak Street.

Sgt. Dave Overhoff was responding to at least nine reports of multiple gunshots in the area of the park about 2:20 a.m. when he saw a car matching the description of a vehicle a witness reported speeding away from the area just after the gunshots.

The car fled, and police stopped the vehicle with a “pursuit intervention technique,” which involves nudging the fleeing vehicle's back bumper with a patrol car, which forces it into a spin that brings it to a stop.

Police said they chose to stop the vehicle because of the “dangerousness of a vehicle pursuit and the seriousness of the crime being investigated.”

Lazalde's car hit a curb before it flipped over, police said. He was taken to Deaconess Medical Center as a precaution before being booked into jail, police said.

The shooting remains under investigation, as does the status of the vehicle Lazalde was driving.
  

Rapist who posed as cop gets 5 years

A Spokane man who posed as a police officer and raped a 19-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Christopher M. Clough, 30, has been in jail since his arrest last September after a woman told police he sexually assaulted her in Corbin Park after stopping her as she walked on Monroe Street about 1 a.m.

The woman was carrying a cup of alcohol; she told police Clough threatened to arrest her for underage drinking if she didn't have sex with him.

Clough pleaded guilty this week to third-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment and first-degree criminal impersonation.

He was sentenced to 60 months in prison with credit for 264 days served. He's also required to pay $816 restitution.

Girl in Facebook attack charged as adult

A 17-year-old girl who police believe lured a boy to a robbery after meeting him on Facebook will be charged as an adult.

Abigail R. Murphy is to appear in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon on a first-degree robbery charge, though she continues to be housed in juvenile detention. The Spokesman-Review does not name juvenile unless they are charged as adults with serious crimes.

The victim said he'd arranged to meet Murphy at Corbin Park Saturday at 11 p.m. with $75, but when he got in her Chevy Tahoe, two men later identified as David M. Martinez, 22, and Brendan T. Dalla, 20, pointed handguns at him and demanded his money, according to court documents.

Martinez and Dalla are in jail on $75,000 bond for first-degree robbery. Spokane police officers stopped the suspects at North Monroe Street and West Boone Avenue about 15 minutes later and located two handguns in the car, as well as a the victim's iPhone. One of the guns had been reported stolen, police said.

“The investigation, arrests, and recovery of evidence was a success due to the cooperative efforts of all units involved,” according to a news release by the Spokane Police Department. “The incident is also a good reminder to parents and guardians to monitor their children’s Internet communications.”

Facebook arrangement leads to robbery

A Post Falls man who was to bring $75 to a meeting in a Spokane park with a girl he met on Facebook was instead robbed at gunpoint by two men, police say.

The victim said he'd arranged to meet the 17-year-old girl at Corbin Park Saturday at 11 p.m.  The reason for the meeting has not been released.

When he got in her Chevy Tahoe, two men later identified as David M. Martinez, 22, and Brendan T. Dalla, 20, pointed handguns at him and demanded his money, according to court documents. One threatened “to shoot him between his shoulder blades” if he looked at anyone in the vehicle. The victim gave the men his wallet and iPhone before being kicked out of the car and calling police.

Spokane police officers stopped the suspects at North Monroe Street and West Boone Avenue and located two handguns in the car, as well as an iPhone.

Martinez and Dalla were booked into Spokane County Jail for first-degree robbery; the girl was booked into juvenile detention.
  

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