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Rookie K9 and deputies chase down speeding suspect

Sun., April 7, 2013, 2:47 p.m.

Arrested north of Colbert early Sunday

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies and a rookie K9 named Kaslo tracked down a speeding Spokane man early Sunday morning, later charging the driver with eluding police.

Spokane County Deputy Marc Melville was on patrol north of Colbert when his car was passed by a northbound vehicle traveling around 100 mph.

Melville gave chase and saw the vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign and then pass another vehicle in the no-pass lane near East Elk-Chattaroy Road.

Continuing the chase, Melville found the car stuck in a ditch near 6414 East Elk-Chattaroy Road. He found two uninjured passengers inside.

The driver had fled, they told Melville.

Deputy J. Thurman came to the scene along with his K9, Kaslo.

They began tracking and found the driver about a mile from the car. A press release reported this was Kaslo’s first track.

The driver was identified as 27-year-old Vyacheslav Kostenyuk.

Kostenyuk asked deputies to retrieve the phone he left in the vehicle. When searching for it, they recovered a baggie containing a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Kostenyuk was charged with felony eluding of officers.

More charges are anticipated, the press release said


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