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In brief: Father, son crash car pursuing car thief

A wild car chase on Sunday ended in a father and son’s vehicles crashing into trees and a suspected thief getting away, police said Tuesday.

Authorities are asking for tips on the car thief, who they say stole a car from a Spokane Valley home then ditched it near East 16th Avenue and South Dishman-Mica Road after being pursued by the owner and his father.

The father had moved his son’s car about 4:30 a.m. because it was partially blocking his vehicle. He left the keys in the ignition, then went inside to wait for his car to start because of a problem with its alarm system, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

He saw out his window his son’s vehicle being driven north on South Dishman Road. He and his son got in his car and gave chase north on Dishman to East Eighth Avenue, where the thief began driving south on railroad tracks.

The car thief and the father-son team lost control of the cars and drove into a group of trees just south of 16th, where the suspect ran north on Dishman and the victims lost sight of him.

He’s described as white, about 6 feet tall and wearing a blue shirt and black pants. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Suspect arrested in pharmacy robbery

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a north Spokane pharmacy of oxycodone. Paul Raymond Hunt Jr. was arrested Monday for the June 5 robbery at Rite-Aid, 12420 N. Highway 395.

Pharmacy employees identified him as the man who slid an employee a note demanding oxycodone. A pharmacist handed him a bottle of the drug, but he told him he knew there was more and waited for another bottle, according to court documents.

Sheriff’s deputies obtained surveillance video of the robbery. It’s unclear how they identified Hunt as a suspect. He was already in jail on a residential burglary, drug and theft of a firearm charges after an arrest on Saturday. He appeared in Superior Court Tuesday on a charge of second-degree robbery.


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