An attempted scrap metal heist in Spokane Valley ended Thursday with the arrest of a suspect for first-degree robbery after the metal’s owner said the suspect bit his arm when he grabbed the keys from her car’s ignition, police said.
Officers responding to a reported abduction found a small pickup truck blocking a compact car on westbound Broadway Avenue about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. The truck’s driver said he’d arrived at the site to see Sarah Beth Neely and a passenger leaving, according to Spokane Valley police.
The owner planned to hold the suspects for police, and reached into her car and grabbed her keys. That’s when Neely bit him, according to police. Police found pawn slips for scrap metal while searching Neely’s car.
Neely was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the robbery charge as well as a warrant for driving with a suspended license. Her passenger was released.
Motorcyclist killed trying to flee police
A 20-year-old motorcyclist died at a Spokane hospital Friday, hours after he crashed while fleeing police near Washington State University.
Police believe Logan R. McReynolds, of Palouse, was driving with a suspended license when a WSU police officer tried to pull him over for speeding about 12:35 a.m. Friday, according to campus police.
McReynolds, who was not enrolled at WSU, sped away but soon lost control, crashing off Terre View Drive.
Medics took McReynolds, who was not wearing a helmet, to Pullman Memorial Hospital with critical injuries, according to WSU police. A helicopter flew him to Deaconess Medical Center, where he died.
Motorcycle crash causes more crashes
A motorcyclist slammed into the back of a 2000 Mazda Protégé about 5 p.m. Friday on Interstate 90 eastbound near Post Falls, throwing him from the bike and setting off a chain reaction of crashes that backed up traffic to the state line.
Thomas E. Leach, 38, of Coeur d’Alene, was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition Friday night. The driver of the Protégé, Matthew D. Campanella, 33, of Post Falls, was not injured. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
Three other crashes involving at least other eight cars occurred around the same time, according to a dispatcher, but no injuries were reported.
Survivor doing well after surgeries
The sole survivor of a car crash nearly two weeks ago that left the driver dead is in satisfactory condition after undergoing two surgeries.
Witnesses said Jessica Ann Smith, 18, was driving the 2000 Mazda 626 when it rolled after trying to pass another car at a high rate of speed on Wawawai Road near milepost 24 on July 19. Whitman County sheriff’s deputies, however, determined 17-year-old Tyler Broneske drove the car, according to a news release.
Broneske was ejected from the car and died at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.