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Vehicle, foot pursuits yield hit-run suspect

Sat., Dec. 22, 2012

A suspect in a hit-and-run at Zip Trip in Liberty Lake led police officers from two agencies on vehicle and foot pursuits early Sunday.

The Liberty Lake Police said the Zip Trip incident on Dec. 15 involved a car quickly backing through the parking lot. The car hit the front of the building, causing damage in excess of $20,000. The suspect fled the scene in the car.

Employees took down a license plate number, and the car turned out to be recently sold. The new owner said he had loaned the vehicle to a transient.

At 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Liberty Lake officers were asked to assist the Spokane Valley Police Department in a vehicle pursuit in the area of Progress Road and 11th Avenue, which later turned into a foot pursuit. The suspect, Steven E. Bronowski, was found and taken into custody for the pursuit and several outstanding warrants. The vehicle involved was the same one involved in the hit-and-run at Zip Trip. Police said he refused to answer questions about the hit-and-run.

Detective Ray Bourgeois will follow up with the investigation.

In two separate incidents Dec. 14, Liberty Lake Police responded to reports at stores in the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road.

At 7:30 p.m., a store employee reported two people walked into the store and took a bottle of alcohol from the shelf and ran from the store. Employees followed the suspects as they left and watched them get into a vehicle. The employee took down the license plate number and provided a description of the suspects, one of whom he said was a regular customer. After talking with the employee, police learned a person had entered the store on Dec. 9 and taken some lunchmeat and left in the same vehicle as the Dec. 14 incident.

The case has been turned over to Bourgeois for investigation.

At the same time, officers responded to an incident across the street when an employee of a sandwich shop reported a man known as “Jason” had been entering the store and harassing customers. Officers searched the area, but Jason was not found. Employees were told to call if he came back.

There was a one-vehicle rollover accident near Trent Avenue and Campbell Road on Dec. 14. A suspect was detained on suspicion of driving under the influence and was turned over to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

On Dec. 10, a car hit a light pole at Harvard Road and Indiana Avenue. The vehicle was traveling northbound and lost control, striking the center median and hitting the pole. Police determined the driver was driving too fast for road conditions.

Police assisted the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 11 with a domestic violence incident at the 26000 block of Ante Road. A caller was reporting a domestic violence incident when the dispatch center heard what sounded like a struggle. Another person picked up the phone and reported she had been hit. A female suspect was taken into custody by deputies for domestic violence assault and booked into the county jail.

Police also responded to a report that a man threatened his brother with a gun Dec. 11 at the 23000 block of East Inlet Drive. Police determined the two brothers were arguing but there was nothing physical and there was no threat of a gun.


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