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Two-mile police chase culminates in arrest

A man suspected of stealing an SUV led police on a two-mile chase from Trent Road to 18th Avenue at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

An officer checking the license plate of a 1987 Chevy Blazer near Trent Road and Center Road found that the vehicle had been reported stolen from Kootenai County last week, according to a news release from Spokane Valley Police spokesman Dave Reagan.

The Blazer pulled into a gas station but then took off when an officer tried to stop it, Reagan said.

In the chase that ensued, Reagan said speeds exceeded 50 mph as they wound along Dick Road, Jackson Road, Bessie Road, Marietta Avenue, Sipple Road, Buckeye Avenue and Ella Road before heading south on Park Road.

The pursued vehicle ran several stop signs, and the officer used an emergency system to turn lights green for the vehicles as they crossed Broadway and the Sprague couplet, Reagan said.

At Park and 18th Avenue, the Blazer skidded into a residential driveway, Reagan said. The driver tried to run but was caught by police.

Travis J. Noble, 27, 5008 E. Fifth Ave. was arrested on suspicion of second-degree possession of stolen property and attempting to elude a police vehicle. Both are felonies.

Fugitive arrested

Police arrested a wanted man Wednesday morning on fraud charges after stopping two men seen taking items left outside the Value Village on Sprague Avenue.

According to a news release from Spokane Valley Police spokesman Dave Reagan, one of the men was told to take the items back, and Terry Lynn Veldran, 38, 12204 E. Fourth Ave., was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Kootenai County.

A search found two signed paychecks in his wallet and a piece of paper with a woman’s financial information, Reagan said. Veldran told the officer he didn’t know the people to whom the checks were written, and calls to those individuals indicated the checks were stolen from mailboxes, police said.

Veldran was booked on felony counts of financial fraud and being a fugitive from justice.