February 20, 1997 in Washington Voices

Woman Falls From Pickup While Deputies In Pursuit

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A 20-year-old woman tumbled from the cab of a fleeing pickup truck early Sunday while sheriff’s deputies chased the vehicle through a Spokane Valley neighborhood.

Jennifer A. Hall was not injured by the fall and afterward dashed into a nearby house in the 6900 block of East Fourth. Hall was later arrested on three outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

The pickup continued on after Hall fell from the cab. It was later abandoned near the house on East Fourth.

A sheriff’s dog tracked the driver from the pickup and found Hall’s boyfriend, 25-year-old Jonathan M. Connor, hiding under a car about a block away. He was arrested for attempting to elude a police vehicle, driving with a suspended license and third-degree possession of stolen property.

Both Hall and Connor were booked into the Spokane County Jail.

Deputy Jim Gladden began chasing the truck about 1 a.m. near Sprague Avenue and Coleman Road after he noticed that it was missing a license plate.

The truck sped away from the deputy, traveling at speeds up to 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, said deputy David Reagan. Gladden followed the truck for several minutes while it ran stop signs, raced down alleys and drove across yards trying to escape, Reagan said.

Hall toppled out of the truck when it turned down an alley near the 6900 block of East Fourth Avenue. A pursuing sheriff’s car narrowly avoided hitting Hall as she rolled across the ground.

Gladden chased the truck for another minute or two before it stopped against a fence near where Hall had jumped out. The driver ran east on Fourth, losing a boot as he stumbled away from the truck.

Deputies found Connor hiding nearby, Reagan said. A sheriff’s dog helped drag Connor from under the car when he didn’t follow a deputy’s instructions, Reagan said.

Connor was still wearing a single boot matching the one left behind by the fleeing driver, Reagan said.

A sheriff’s dispatcher told Gladden the truck had been reported stolen, but deputies were unable to confirm its owner or that was stolen, Reagan said.

Connor, who gave a Cheney address, was examined at a local hospital for the dog bite injury, then booked into jail.

While deputies arrested Connor, Hall surrendered to Gladden, who was guarding the truck. Gladden found stolen checks and credit cards in Hall’s purse, Reagan said.

Hall, who gave her address as 17203 E. Montgomery, was wanted on two warrants for third-degree driving with a suspended license and one warrant for obstructing a public servant.

, DataTimes


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