February 5, 2014

Man accused of police chase across state line held on $50,000 bond

By The Spokesman-Review

A man arrested Tuesday after allegedly waving and sticking his tongue out at police during a two-state car chase was ordered held on $50,000 bond Wednesday on a litany of charges.

Michael S. Tavares, 33, is accused of stealing a car near a Denny’s restaurant in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday and fleeing police westward. The Washington State Patrol took up the chase, but Tavares managed to avoid six spike strips and several attempts by police to bump his car and spin it to a stop, according to court documents.

During the chase Tavares rammed a patrol car that was moving up to bump him, troopers say. The chase ended in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Airway Heights after three troopers boxed Tavares in, court documents say.

Tavares initially refused to identify himself and was uncooperative, but once he was being booked into the Spokane County Jail he turned into a “model prisoner,” the documents say.

Tavares is charged with eluding a police vehicle, first-degree assault, possession of stolen vehicle, refusal to cooperate/give information, third-degree driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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