November 11, 2009 in City

Chase ends with crash, power outage, arrest of driver

Man was in stolen vehicle and had numerous shaved keys, police say
The Spokesman-Review

A driver crashed a stolen vehicle early this morning, knocking out power in the vicinity of Indiana Avenue and Monroe Street and leading to the arrest of a 40-year-old man.

Spokane police arrested the driver after a chase in which the car crashed into a power pole.

The outage affected a small area around the intersection and was expected to be restored by 10:15 a.m., according to Avista Utilities. The traffic light is working.

Aaron J. Harding was booked into Spokane County Jail for vehicle theft and eluding a police officer following the 2:30 a.m. incident. He fled on foot after the crash but was caught by officers.

He had a large number of shaved keys in his possession when he was arrested, police said. Shaved keys often can be used to steal vehicles.

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