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In brief: Driver charged with eluding, hit and run

A high-speed pursuit in southeast Spokane ended in a two-car crash and an arrest of a Spokane man on a number of charges.

Petr A. Karapetr, 22, was driving his BMW M3 at high speed westbound on Hartson Avenue about 10:15 p.m. on Friday when a trooper attempted to stop him, according to a Washington State Patrol news release. Karapetr fled and struck Spokane resident Paul Niemi, 50, who was southbound on Thor Street in a 2000 Buick Park Avenue.

With the BMW damaged, Karapetr continued until he reached Main Avenue and Bernard Street, where he fled on foot, the release said. Spokane police and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office helicopter assisted in searching for him.

Karapetr was later found at his home and arrested on charges of eluding, driving under the influence, hit and run, reckless endangerment, driving with a suspended license and obstructing.

Neither Niemi nor Karapetr were injured.

Valley fire damages two apartment units

Fire damaged two units in a Spokane Valley apartment building Saturday morning, but all residents escaped injury.

Crews were called to Meadow Wood apartments, 2121 N. Houk Road, around 4:30 a.m. The residents of the two apartments involved in the blaze were already out of the units when firefighters arrived, a news release from Spokane Valley Fire Capt. Pat Schaffer said.

Fire crews evacuated the rest of the building and quickly knocked the fire down. They entered the building and extinguished “numerous ‘hot spots’ discovered in the attic and walls,” Schaffer said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, but it appeared to have started on the ground floor and spread to a balcony and then the attic, Schaffer said.

Pat Kondas, a volunteer for the American Red Cross Inland Northwest Chapter, said one family whose unit was damaged will stay with relatives. Residents of the other unit were away at the time of the blaze, but the Red Cross will assist them when they’re located, Kondas said.

There were no injuries and all pets were accounted for. Firefighters estimated the damage at $30,000.

Crews douse rental house fire

A house fire blocked Maple Street for more than an hour Saturday afternoon and left a family homeless.

Fire crews responded at 2:08 p.m. to the report of a column of smoke visible from blocks away, a Spokane Fire Department news release said. Flames and smoke were shooting out of a window when fire crews arrived at the single-family home on the 5700 block of North Maple Street.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control within 30 minutes, the release said. All the occupants were able to escape without injury, though two cats were unaccounted for, KHQ-TV reported. The cause of the fire was being investigated.

The rental house was occupied by two adults and five children, who are being assisted by the Red Cross, the release said.

“That’s all I own, is in there,” a resident of the house told KHQ.

West Side man dies after crash on ATV

A man was killed in Clark Fork, Idaho, after crashing his ATV Friday night.

Eric N. Buckmaster, 41, of Shoreline, Wash., was eastbound on Mountain View Road, which is a gravel road, when the crash occurred at about 9:34 p.m., according to the Idaho State Police. He lost control and the ATV overturned.

Buckmaster was transported to Kootenai Medical Center but died of his injuries. Authorities do not know if he was wearing a helmet.


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