Man Arrested After 30-Mile Chase

FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 1997

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man early Thursday on charges of eluding police and drunken driving after a chase lasting more than 30 miles.

William T. Dawson, Hayden Lake, 29, also was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on a charge of driving without privileges.

Deputies began following the car about 2:10 a.m. near Government Way and Dalton Avenue. The 35-minute chase passed by several homes in Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and near Rathdrum before the driver finally stopped near Dakota Avenue and Buttercup Lane.

Speeds reached 115 mph on U.S. Highway 95 north of Lancaster Road, according to a Kootenai County sheriff’s report.

A Rathdrum police officer eventually laid road spikes at Meyer Road and Hayden Avenue to flatten the car’s tires. The driver finally stopped his 1989 Buick Park Avenue after the left front wheel nearly ground off.

Dawson had a blood-alcohol level of .15, according to the deputy’s report.

, DataTimes

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