February 7, 2010 in City

Driver, passengers in chase ID’d

Spike strip used in pursuit that ended on I-90 near border
By The Spokesman-Review

Three passengers and the teenage driver of a car involved in a chase that ended in a foot pursuit and subsequent arrests Friday night by the Idaho State Police have been identified.

Police attempted to stop a vehicle, driven by Timothy R. Allen, 17, of Worley, about 4:35 p.m., after spotting the car driving recklessly northbound on Highway 95 near Elder Road.

A pursuit began as the car continued northbound toward the Spokane River, turning onto a county road where the occupants were seen tossing beer cans out of the car, police said.

The chase continued eastbound on Interstate 90 where troopers deployed a spike strip near Stateline, flattening the vehicle’s tires. The vehicle continued through heavy traffic, sideswiping two vehicles before the driver lost control and the car came to rest on the right shoulder of the freeway.

Three passengers and Allen fled from the car on foot, and were pursued by a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office K-9. The dog bit at least one of the three passengers.

They are Louise Charley, 18, of Desmet; Molly Matt, 18, of Coeur d’Alene; and Johnny Matt, 21, of Tensed.

Allen was later arrested while walking in the Pleasant View area, police said.

All four were arrested on various felony and misdemeanor charges, according to a news release.

Molly Matt and Johnny Matt are the siblings of a 24-year-old Worley woman killed last year in a drunken driving accident, according to previous news reports. Veronica Matt and her mother, Juanita Garcia, 42, of Tensed, were killed after Garcia lost control and rolled her vehicle with six people inside, news reports show. Alcohol was involved in that incident, police said.

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