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Felony Charges Filed In Chase Spokane Men Topped 100 Mph, Kootenai Prosecutors Charge

Tue., Jan. 10, 1995

Prosecutors filed several felony charges Monday against the two Spokane men accused of leading North Idaho officers on a half-hour high speed chase.

The Kootenai County prosecutor filed grand theft auto and eluding charges Monday against James Pilcher, 20, and James Taie, 28. Taie also was charged with aggravated assault. The two are accused of leading officers on a chase Saturday that reached speeds of 100 mph.

The two men have had previous run-ins with the law.

Pilcher had only recently been released from jail, he told deputies.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department arrested Pilcher on Christmas morning after they found a loaded sawed-off shotgun in his car.

Court records also show he pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in December.

Spokane Police arrested Taie in August on charges he shot an acquaintance in the elbow as they struggled over a gun.

Saturday’s chase came after the two stole a pickup from a Hayden man’s driveway, Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Pilcher told deputies he had injected the drug methamphetamine that morning.

Pilcher is being held at the Kootenai County Jail on $75,000 bail. Taie is being held on $60,000 bail.

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