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Jorel Fultz, suspect in ‘Deadliest Catch’ cast member assault, apprehended after car chase

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

The driver of the white pickup led police on a high-speed chase through Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (KHQ)
The driver of the white pickup led police on a high-speed chase through Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (KHQ)

A high-speed police chase through Spokane Valley, Greenacres and Liberty Lake during evening rush hour Friday at speeds as high as 90 miles per hour finally ended at Appleway and Wellesley near Stateline.

The driver of the white Ford Ranger involved in the chase has been identified as Jorel Fultz, who recently led deputies on another high-speed chase and is suspected of assaulting and robbing former “Deadliest Catch” cast member Jake Harris late last year.

The chase began when a deputy attempted to pull Fultz over near Sprague Avenue and Argonne Road.

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies gave a blow-by-blow account over their radios as the chase went on for at least 20 minutes. Fultz drove down shoulders, in center turn lanes and on the wrong side of the road in his attempts to evade deputies and avoid heavy traffic.

He blew through red lights, ran stop signs and at one point jumped the center divider on Sullivan Road near Broadway to duck into a parking lot. While driving through Liberty Lake he sent traffic cones flying as he sped north on Liberty Lake Road through a construction zone.

At one point a deputy had to drop out of the chase after getting a flat tire and Fultz was consistently able to avoid spike strips.

In one near miss, a deputy had to dive into the open trunk of his car to avoid being run down by Fultz as he swerved to avoid a set of spike strips, said Deputy Mark Gregory. The deputy was not injured.

Fultz was thought to be armed. After the vehicle chase ended, a police dog helped chase down Fultz as he ran. He received minor injuries. A passenger in the car was also detained.

A camera crew from the A&E television crew Live PD was riding with one of the deputies and filmed the chase.