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Spokane officer injured in fight with suspect

Fri., March 8, 2013, 9:17 a.m.

SPOKANE — Spokane police say an officer suffered a broken collar bone in a fight with a car theft suspect who also was injured during his arrest.

Officers tried to stop a car for reckless driving shortly after midnight today when it sped away. They rammed it in a PIT maneuver to force it to stop at Maple Street and Fairview Avenue. The man driving the car and a woman passenger tried to run away.

Police say the man was caught a short distance away and fought with officers who made the arrest. The woman also was arrested.

He’s identified as 29-year-old Casey Gillette. She’s identified as 28-year-old Naomi Stearns. Police say both have theft records and they were in a stolen car. Gillette had shaved keys with him at the time of the arrest, police said.

Gillette was treated for a possible rib injury.

The injured officer was not identified.

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