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Fugitive grabs officer’s rifle during fight

A Spokane fugitive was arrested Monday after he knocked over a parking meter with his car while fleeing bail bondsmen, then tried to grab a firearm during a struggle with a Spokane police officer.

Christopher Cleo McCracken, 38, (pictured in 2005) sped away from a parking lot at 907 W. 3rd Ave., Monday afternoon after the bondsmen tried to arrest him on felony warrants, Spokane police said today.

McCracken backed over a parking barrier and a sidewalk, knocking down a parking meter on 3rd Avenue that was left in the middle of the street, police said.

A woman who had a restraining order against McCracken “alluded” to him possibly using a handgun to avoid arrests, so a team of nighttime patrol officers that tracks fugitives and crime trends located him about 5 p.m. near 3500 S. Marshall Road.

Officer Sean Wheeler pursued McCracken as he ran into a wooded area and over a barb wire fence. McCracken grabbed the barrel of the rifle, but Wheeler was able to subdue McCracken and arrest him. In a news release, police emphasized that neither McCracken nor the officers were shot to death.

“This is a prime example of how a possibly deadly encounter resulted in an arrest with relatively minor injuries,” Officer Jennifer DeRuwe wrote. “Officers entered the situation knowing McCracken was a danger to the community, possibly armed and had an extensive criminal history related to drug abuse and violence.”

Reckless driver insults cop, gets away

A reckless driver who cut off a Washington State Patrol detective in the Hillyard area offered this assessment of the man, according to police: “You're a pussy.”

Detective M.C. Bambino said Justin Tyler Whitney, 30, yelled that at him from his 1981 Volkswagen pickup truck before ramming Bambino's unmarked squad car and fleeing the area.

The suspect was arrested Monday - nearly one month after the May 9 incident.

Trooper Troy Briggs, spokesman for WSP, said detectives encountered several dead ends when trying to locate Whitney, delaying his arrest.

Bambino was southbound on North Market Street approaching East Garland Avenue when he noticed a speeding green pickup driving erratically.

The driver insulted him before swerving toward his vehicle, then refusing to pull over, according to an affidavit. The truck stopped in near East Carlisle Avenue, then reversed and rammed a Toyota car that had stopped nearby. The truck then rammed part of Bambino's vehicle and was last seen driving northbound on Greene Street.

Bambino obtained the pickup's license plate, which showed the vehicle was registered to Whitney.
Bambino said Whitney had a “crazed look on his face” during the melee and believes he was on drugs.

Whitney appeared in Superior Court Tuesday on charges of reckless driving, two counts of hit and run and two counts of first-degree assault
  

18th birthday brings jail, four felonies

A Spokane resident celebrated his 18th birthday today by appearing in Superior Court on four felony charges.

Quinn Mikal Ray was arrested Monday after a wild police chase that included Ray trying to run over a police officer and briefly pinning another officer inside a patrol car, charges allege.

But his stint in juvenile detention didn't last long - prosecutors filed charges against him in adult court Tuesday, and he was moved to the Spokane County Jail, where he turned 18 today.

Ray is charged with attempt to elude a police vehicle, two counts of first-degree assault for allegedly trying to hit two officers with his car and one count of second-degree assault for hitting Officer Chris Bode's patrol car and pinning him in the vehicle, according to court documents.

Police believe Ray was intoxicated.
  

Cop pinned in car during chase w/ teen

A 17-year-old driver briefly pinned a Spokane police officer inside his patrol car during a chase Monday that ended with the boy's arrest, officials said today.

Police were called to a  fight near North Chestnut Street and West Mallon Avenue about 10:30 p.m., where people were reportedly throwing sticks and trying to run over others with their vehicles.

The suspect's vehicle drove toward Officer Art Dollard as he interviewed a witness, causing Dollard and the witness to jump out of the way to avoid serious injury.

Sgt. Dave Overhoff tried to stop the vehicle after it fled the scene, and a pursuit ensued. The boy hit the bumper of Officer Chris Bode's police car before Bode nudged the back bumper of the vehicle with his patrol car, forcing it into a spin that brought it to a stop.

But the boy accelerated, and Bode was briefly pinned inside his patrol car, Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release.

The boy, whose name was not released, was booked into the Spokane County juvenile detention center on assault and eluding charges. He also faces a drunken driving charge. His passenger was released.

Stolen Supra catches air in police chase

A 26-year-old man tried escaping police by driving more than 100 mph in a 35 mph zone in north Spokane County early Tuesday.

The stolen 1989 Toyota Supra Kory L. Zielke was driving went airborne for more than 100 feet as he sped away from a Washington Sate Patrol trooper about 6:50 a.m., according to court documents.

The trooper found the Toyota abandoned on Russell Road at Highway 2 with steam billowing from under the hood.

Zielke's mother arrived and said her son had called her from her home a half mile north on Russell Road and said he'd run from police.

Police arrested him outside the home.

The Toyota was reported stolen about two hours later. Zielke was booked into jail on a felony charge of eluding police and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and city theft.

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.

Man arrested 30 mins after eluding police

A police chase through downtown ended this morning because officers deemed it too dangerous, but the suspect was arrested 30 minutes later.

Leroy K. Berra, 44, was stopped just before 3 a.m. near Monroe Street and Shannon Avenue and arrested for drunken driving, driving while suspended and for cocaine found in his pants pocket.

His female passenger told officers she feared for her safety during the earlier pursuit, which began when Officer Scott Lesser tried to stop Berra's speeding gray Chevrolet Suburban about 2:30 a.m. in downtown Spokane, police said.

The Suburban had ran red lights without slowing down, and Berra looked at Lesser and accelerated once Lesser tried to stop him. Lesser ended the pursuit because Berra driving “was so reckless that it presented a danger to vehicle and pedestrian traffic,” police said.

Berra faces an unlawful imprisonment charge for not allowing his passenger out of the car during the chase, according to a news release.

He was arrested on the same charge in July 2001 after a woman called police and said he would not let her out of the car as he sped away from police on Fort George Wright Drive, according to news archives.

Berra is due in Superior Court this afternoon.

Stolen truck pursuit ends at Wal-Mart

Three people were arrested after a police chase, which included a near head-on crash, led officers to the Airway Heights Wal-Mart.

The incident began about 11:45 a.m. Thursday when a resident in the 500 block of North Martin in Medical Lake said his 2002 Ford Ranger had been stolen. A wallet with credit cards was stolen from a car in the 900 block of North Minnie, about a block away, about that same time, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said today.

Airway Heights police found the stolen Ranger in the Northern Quest Casino parking lot about 12:15 p.m. and saw a man try to drive it away.

Two deputies tried to block the Ranger, “but the driver accelerated directly at them,” according to a news release. The deputies braked, and the Ranger sped away southbound on Hayford Road.

Three people jumped from the truck, which crashed into a snow berm near Hayford and Highway 2. The driver, Phillip J. Young, 22, of Mead, was arrested at gunpoint after deputies saw him digging into his pocket as he ran. They recovered a black pellet gun from his pocket.

Arrested at the nearby Wal-Mart were Stephanie Louise Kupien, 30, of Newman Lake, and Charles W. Kerney, 42, of Spokane. Police found receipts for purchases made with the stolen credit cards and connected them to Young and Kupien, according to a news release.

No one was injured during the pursuit and arrests. 

“Young told deputies that he had avoided capture by police in numerous pursuits by driving a high speeds through densely populated neighborhoods,” according to a news release.  “The police call off the pursuit all the time,” he said.

Young was sentenced in October to 90 days in jail with credit given for 55 days served, after pleading guilty to three counts of second-degree possession of stolen property.

Now he’s in jail on new charges of second-degree theft, second-degree assault, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and attempting to elude police.  Kupien was booked for second-degree theft and Kerney was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant.

Snow berm helps stop fleeing fugitive

A snow berm helped stop a Montana fugitive fleeing police in Spokane Valley Tuesday night, officials said today. 

Shannon David McCoy, 35, refused to stop his Ford Escort when police spotted him outside the Linger Longer Apartments in the 1800 block of North Hutchinson about 10:30 p.m. He sped through stop signs before driving around police car at Vista and Baldwin and hitting a snow berm, police said.

The impact launched McCoy’s Escort into the air. Police said McCoy jumped from the car after it stopped and climbed a 6-foot fence, then scaled a concrete barrier onto Interstate 90.

Police on the freeway arrested him within seconds, according to a news release. Officers had been watching the Linger Longer since learning about 8:30 p.m. that McCoy had left Hayden, Idaho, for the apartments.

McCoy was wanted on a felony warrant in Montana after he failed to show up for an appointment with his probation officer on Nov. 17, according to the Montana Department of Corrections. McCoy is on probation in the Big Sky state after being convicted of deceptive practices in April 2009.

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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