A Silverton man wanted in connection with a burglary allegedly used a stolen minivan to ram two patrol cars early Wednesday in Osburn, sheriff’s deputies said.
Steven G. Faith, 42, was booked into Shoshone County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault on police officers, possession of stolen property, burglary, felony eluding of a police officer and driving without privileges. No one was injured.
Faith was arrested after a brief chase on foot when he abandoned the 1991 Plymouth minivan near the Midway Bar, said Shoshone County sheriff’s Capt. Spike Angle.
Deputies allege that Faith is one of two people who broke into a house Tuesday night along Coeur d’Alene River Road. Faith apparently left the house before officers arrived and arrested a 42-year-old Kellogg woman who had barricaded herself inside, said sheriff’s Cpl. Mike Gunderson.
Officers found Linda S. Brooks hiding under a pile of blankets and clothes behind a dryer, Gunderson said. Brooks was booked into jail on burglary charges and on an outstanding warrant.
Brooks also was arrested last week just west of Osburn after a car she was a passenger in led sheriff’s deputies in Kootenai and Shoshone counties on a 50-mile chase on Interstate 90.
The driver of that car, a Datsun, abandoned the vehicle and was not found. Authorities suspect Faith was the driver, but he has not been charged with that crime, said deputy John Ramirez.
Tuesday night, officers began looking for Faith and the stolen van shortly after arresting Brooks on the burglary charges, Angle said. They found the van, which had been reported stolen last month in Benewah County, several hours later parked outside the west Osburn bar.
Faith tried to leave the tavern in the van when officers arrived, Angle said. The van rammed two Shoshone County sheriff’s patrol cars and stopped near the bar, Ramirez said.
Officers said they then ran after Faith for about four blocks, where a neighbor saw him climb a tree.
Damage to the patrol cars was estimated at $2,000 each. The van had minor damage.