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Troopers stop fleeing driver on U.S. 195

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 21, 2011, 1:56 p.m.

A driver fleeing from a traffic stop in Whitman County was forced off U.S. Highway 195 this morning in the vicinity of Hatch Road.

Trooper Troy Briggs of the Washington State Patrol said that a Whitman County deputy sheriff tried to pull over the driver for speeding south of Spokane, but the driver refused to stop. The chase started in the vicinity of Thornton with the Whitman County deputy in pursuit.

Troopers laid spike strips in the northbound lanes near Spangle. The strips flattened one of the front tires, but the fleeing driver continued northbound. The incident occurred just after 8 a.m.

Law officers caught up with the fleeing driver near Hatch Road just south of Spokane. One of the officers bumped the vehicle of the fleeing driver in a controlled maneuver that caused the vehicle to spin out and end up on its side.

The driver, Beverly I. Devoe, 34, was arrested for eluding law officers in two counties and was booked into Spokane County Jail. She was also cited for speeding, having an improperly attached license plate and driving with license suspended. Additional charges were possible, said Whitman County Undersheriff Ronald Rockness.

Traffic was restricted in the vicinity of Hatch Road during the invetigation.

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