January 22, 2014 in City

Suspect arrested in car chase, second since September

Mickey Marquette, 28, faces vehicle theft and eluding charges
From staff reports
 

A Spokane man has been arrested twice in four months for speeding away from chasing patrol cars after a high-speed pursuit crossing state lines ended peacefully Tuesday evening.

Mickey Marquette, who also goes by the name Santos, was booked into Spokane County Jail just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, three hours after Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop him driving a car reported stolen across state lines. Post Falls Police officers attempted to pull the 28-year-old over, who was later found to be carrying two passengers in the 1997 Acura Integra, before he sped west toward Spokane.

At some point during the chase, Marquette exited the highway and sped through intersections, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour and running red lights, police said. The chase ended on foot, with police dog Deacon and a sheriff’s deputy locating Marquette and Heidi Buchheit, who said she was Marquette’s girlfriend, hiding in a truck bed in the 600 block of North Virigina in Spokane Valley. The pair were taken into custody without incident.

A third suspect, Heidi Elliott, was arrested after a taxi driver told deputies he’d been asked by a woman for a ride nearby. The driver had been listening to the police scanner and suspected Elliott was the third passenger police were looking for. She, too, was arrested, and deputies recovered a cellphone they think she used to make bogus 911 calls during the pursuit, trying to divert police attention.

Marquette was involved in a similar incident in September, according to court records. Investigators say he sped from pursuing Spokane Police officers and crashed north of the river near North Illinois Street and South Regal Avenue while driving a pickup that had been reported stolen during a burglary. Prosecutors also charged him with possession of methamphetamine in the incident.

Marquette has been convicted of 12 felonies as an adult, according to court records. Buchheit and Elliott face misdemeanor charges of possessing auto theft tools. The three are being held in Spokane County Jail.

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