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Man leads police on chase near Chattaroy

Fri., Jan. 14, 2011, 8:06 p.m.

Police are looking for a man who led them on a short pursuit that started tonight about 6:14 p.m. near Chattaroy on Day-Mt. Spokane Road.

The man, driving a grey ’84 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, fled on foot after leading police on a four to five minute car chase. A trooper with the Washington State Patrol had attempted to stop the man for speeding, but “he refused to stop,” said Sgt. Lennie Walker with the Washington State Patrol.

The driver reached speeds of 60 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone, Walker said.

“He wasn’t driving too crazy,” he said. “He was slowing down in intersections.”

The man eventually bailed from the car, leading police on a foot chase. They were unable to catch him and brought in a canine to assist with the search. The canine has been unable to locate the driver, describe as a while male, possibly in his early 20s.

He said a search of the vehicle did not turn up anything suspicious. The car has not been reported stolen. The registered owner – not necessarily the driver – does not have warrants, he said.

“There’s no indication of anything in there,” he said. “We don’t know why he was running.”

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