December 20, 2013 in City

Man arrested after overnight Spokane Valley SWAT standoff

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A 28-year-old man with an extensive criminal history is in Spokane County Jail this morning after sheriff’s deputies say he led them on an overnight car chase and prompted a SWAT standoff.

Jeremy Brown was arrested outside a home in the 7900 block of East Harrington Avenue early Friday and faces multiple criminal charges, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators say Brown, who has a criminal record dating to the mid-1990s and is wanted on an outstanding warrant in Idaho, refused to pull over for a traffic stop just before midnight and broke into the home after a short chase, prompting a SWAT standoff.

The chain of events began near the intersection of North University Road and East Valleyway Avenue, when a sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Brown on suspicion of driving under the influence. Brown took off west, eventually fleeing his still-running car on foot into the home where another man was inside.

The man told police Brown was armed, and a gun was recovered in the home’s bathroom, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Multiple agencies surrounded the home, and a robot from the Bomb Unit was eventually sent inside in an attempt to get Brown to surrender. When he refused, gas was used in the home and police dog Laslo was sent in to drive Brown out, according to the release.

Brown attempted to escape through a bathroom window, where deputies were waiting for him, according to the news release. He was taken into custody without incident.

Brown faces charges of eluding police and residential burglary, according to the Sheriff’s Office. More charges may be added. Brown could make an initial court appearance as early as this afternoon.

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