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Pursued Pair Leave Motorcycle Behind

Thu., Sept. 25, 1997

A driver and passenger on a motorcycle that led Spokane police on a high-speed chase through southeast Spokane early Monday morning may have escaped, but they left behind one piece of evidence: the bike.

Spokane police pursued the ZX-7 Kawasaki starting about 1:30 a.m. Monday when a patrol officer reported seeing the cycle reach speeds of 50 mph near Southeast Boulevard.

Police spokesman Dick Cottam said the officer pursued the motorcycle to 57th and Hatch, then east to Carnahan Road and eventually to upper Lincoln Park off Southeast Boulevard.

In the process, officers reported that the motorcycle ran at least six stop signs and a red traffic signal, drove into oncoming traffic and over a spike strip placed in the roadway by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy. The bike’s rear tire was flattened, but the driver didn’t stop until he reached the park, where barriers blocked the police vehicle from going farther, Cottam said.

The driver and passenger escaped on foot. Cottam said the investigation is ongoing, but the bike is registered to a Valley resident with an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Beer stolen from store

Police are still looking for one of two men suspected of stealing from a Spokane convenience store early Saturday morning.

Police spokesman Dick Cottam said two men entered Your Quick Stop on North Nevada at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday. One went to the cash register to pay for a half-case of beer, and the other grabbed two half-cases and ran from the store. When the store clerk followed, one of the men threw cans of beer at him.

The two thieves then drove away, Cottam said.

Witnesses gave police the vehicle’s license plate number. About 2:45 a.m., Cottam said, the vehicle was found in the 1400 block of West Chelan.

Michael A. Walker, 22, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery.

, DataTimes

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