March 27, 2010 in City

Suspect arrested after chase, crash

From Staff Reports

A man accused of a shooting in which a bullet landed near a sleeping toddler was arrested Friday night after a fiery car crash.

Joseph L. Bledsaw, 25, rolled his 1997 Pontiac on Sprague Avenue beneath Interstate 90 after police tried stopping him on suspicion of speeding near Sprague and Havana, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Bledsaw was ejected from the car as it rolled several times. His passenger, Tanya M. Roybal, 26, also was injured. Their burning Pontiac blocked the westbound I-90 on-ramp.

Roybal was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. Bledsaw faces charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with a Feb. 27 shooting at 15917 E. Sprague. Police say Bledsaw fired shots into an apartment after a couple complained to police about noise.

One of the bullets struck a metal bedpost and landed on the blankets covering a 3-year-old girl, police said.

Bledsaw and Roybal were taken to a hospital before being booked into jail.

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