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In brief: Shots fired at patrol cars in car theft, chase

Fri., Dec. 6, 2013

A driver in a stolen vehicle fired on Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies shortly after midnight Thursday, then fled on foot after crashing into a woodshed near Farragut State Park, officials said Thursday.

The man was captured around 8 a.m. after a SWAT team search. Deputies identified him as Dillen James Endres, 22, of Priest River.

Endres was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on charges of grand theft, driving without privileges and driving without insurance. He is scheduled to appear in court today and may face more charges.

The Idaho State Police has taken over the investigation because the suspect fired at sheriff’s deputies, said sheriff’s Lt. Stu Miller.

Gunshots hit the patrol cars of deputies and Spirit Lake police officers, who were chasing the stolen SUV, Miller said.

Shortly before midnight a police officer in Spirit Lake attempted to pull over the driver for a traffic violation. The driver fled and fired on the police officer during the chase.

Sheriff’s deputies and the ISP joined the pursuit, a news release from the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Ford SUV fled east on state Highway 54 toward Bayview at speeds approaching 100 mph, Miller said. At a traffic circle near Farragut State Park, the SUV turned south onto Goodhope Road and eventually crashed into a woodshed. The SUV caught fire and the driver ran from the scene.

Laundry machine coin thefts linked to man

Authorities hope a recent arrest will persuade a suspected laundry room burglar to change his ways.

Jason Amyot, 32, faces 17 counts of second-degree burglary. Police say Amyot went on a “crime spree” in Spokane Valley from September through October, breaking into laundry facilities at apartment complexes and busting open the machines to steal the coins inside.

The thefts ranged in value from $12 at a complex on South Whipple Road to a commercial laundry facility on East Sprague Avenue from which Amyot is thought to have stolen more than $2,000. Surveillance footage from that scene led officers to suspect Amyot, who has a long criminal history during which he’s established a pattern of stealing from laundry machines, according to investigators.

Amyot told investigators he was responsible for all but one of the 18 incidents police have linked to him.

Amyot has been in police custody since mid-October. He is being held on multiple warrants.

Car chase ends in crash, arrest of two men

Two men were arrested after a car chase that ended with a crash into a Spokane Valley credit union overnight Wednesday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Steven Lewis, 21, and Oshay Sharp, 19, were booked into jail early Thursday after deputies say they tried to flee officers attempting to stop their coupe because it was being driven erratically.

At one point the Monte Carlo driven by Lewis traveled the wrong way on North Mullan Road south of Interstate 90. Officers ended the chase, but deputies found the car smashed into the Horizon Credit Union on Mullan about a mile south of where it was last seen. Deputies picked up two men matching the suspects’ descriptions on foot nearby, according to the news release.

Both men were booked on outstanding warrants. Charges of eluding police, fleeing the scene of an accident and reckless driving are pending, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

One arrested in pizza store robbery

The suspected robber of a Hayden Domino’s Pizza restaurant was arrested Thursday.

Michael A. Sanchez, 22, was arrested around 3 p.m. in connection with the Nov. 15 robbery, according to Kootenai County sheriff’s Lt. Stu Miller.

Surveillance video of the incident showed a man entered the restaurant, struck an employee in the face with a handgun, stole cash and fled.

Sanchez is being held without bail accused of robbery, grand theft, aggravated battery, burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia, Miller said.

Shawn Colvin concert canceled

Sunday’s concert featuring Shawn Colvin scheduled at the Bing Crosby Theater has been canceled.

A news release from TicketsWest cited “unforeseen conflicts.” Tickets purchased online or by telephone have been refunded; please wait three to five business days for the refund to appear on bank statements. Tickets purchased in person can be returned to the place of purchase.

Beutler’s driver’s license suspended

A well-known Coeur d’Alene Realtor will spend two nights in jail and lose his driver’s license for 180 days after his second arrest for drunken driving since 2009.

John A. Beutler, owner of Century 21 Beutler and Associates, was arrested by a Coeur d’Alene police officer last summer after a stop at the entrance to the Riverstone development.

He was sentenced Monday in Kootenai County 1st District Court. “I take responsibility for it,” he said.

Beutler, 60, was arrested July 12 after he and a friend had been drinking at the Moose Lounge downtown. He refused to take a field sobriety test and was taken to the Kootenai County Jail.

Beutler also was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after he ran a stop sign and collided with another car in July 2009. That charge was dismissed, and he was found guilty of a traffic infraction.


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