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In brief: Runaway teens found safe in Missoula

The two Ferris High School students who left a note that they had run away together were found safe Sunday in Montana.

The teens have been reunited with their families, according to a news release from Spokane police spokeswoman Monique Cotton. The two were reported missing Sept. 4 after leaving a note and taking camping equipment, including survival gear and a first aid kit. Police originally thought the two might be camping in Oregon.

They were found in Missoula.

Homeowner prevails after being beaten

An alleged stop for relief ended in assault and harassment charges for a 47-year-old Spokane man last week.

Paul Brownlee faces the charges after he was allegedly discovered urinating on a garbage can by a homeowner on Sept. 11, according to court records. A homeowner was working in his backyard when he heard a noise and investigated. He tried to ask Brownlee to leave but has a medical condition that only allows him to speak in a whisper, according to investigators. Brownlee initially appeared as though he was going to walk away, but then lunged at the homeowner, according to authorities, who added that Brownlee pulled out a wooden stick and began beating the homeowner with it.

The homeowner eventually won the upper hand, sitting on Brownlee until police arrived. A 72-year-old witness told police he considered entering the scrum but said: “I thought (the homeowner) was holding his own.”

Man arrested after high-speed chase on I-90

A high-speed chase that began near Spokane Valley early Sunday reached speeds of 85 to 105 mph before ending in Cheney with a man in custody, deputies said.

Christopher J. Lloyd, 49, was arrested by Spokane County sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of eluding police and unlawful imprisonment.

A female passenger in Lloyd’s car told deputies she kept begging him to stop and let her out, but he refused, a news release from the sheriff said.

The incident began around midnight Sunday when deputies went to Havana Street and Sprague Avenue on a report of a man pulling a knife during an argument over money, the release said.

Lloyd drove recklessly throughout Spokane Valley, avoiding police attempts to flatten his tires with spike strips as he sped through stop signs and red lights, authorities contend. Lloyd eventually drove west on Interstate 90 and exited toward Cheney where a deputy spun Lloyd’s vehicle and caused it to tip onto its side.

The third brief in this digest has been edited to correct an error.


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