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Suspected drunken driver caught after brief chase

Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 2:29 p.m.

A drunken driver attempted to flee from law enforcement Wednesday after bumping a curb right in front of a Spokane Valley police car, sheriff’s deputies say.

Deputy Juan Rodriguez saw Cody B. Staley, 29, bump the curb then travel eastbound on Broadway at 1:25 a.m., weaving and at one point crossing into the oncoming lane of traffic, a Sheriff’s Office news release said.

As Rodriguez followed, Staley pulled into a residential neighborhood at speeds of over 50 mph and almost hit a parked car, the release said. Stopping in a dead-end street at Alki, Staley then ran away on foot.

Rodriguez chased Staley through residential backyards until Staley tripped on some construction materials and was handcuffed after a short struggle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Staley was taken to Spokane County Jail on a felony charge of attempting to elude and misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and obstructing a police officer.

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