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A police chase with a motor home Tuesday night ended with a Spokane Valley man's arrest after the rig tried to ram a patrol car, officials said today.
Michael Manuel Chavez, 56, was booked into jail on a second-degree assault charge after inviting police into his home after the wild chase, which included Chavez directing his dogs to “get” officers, according to a news release.
The chase began when Spokane County sheriff's Sgt. Doug Marske was stopped to the side of Willow Road reading a computer message about 10 p.m. He saw headlights quickly approaching from behind and pulled ahead and off the road to avoid a collision, according to a news release.
The motor home stopped in front of Marske's patrol car and Marske exited his car, but the driver backed the rig toward the sergeant “while staring directly at him,” according to a news release.
The rig then took off southbound on Willow, and Marske activated his car's emergency lights and took off after it. The motor home again backed toward the patrol car at Willow and Appleway Boulevard but accelerated again and turned southbound on Farr Road before pulling into a yard on a private road.
The driver exited the vehicle and walked into a home, which officers surrounded.
Chavez exited the home with baseball bat and commanded his dog to “get 'em” while pointing at police, but he eventually invited them into his home and was arrested, according to a news release.
Police say Chavez had trouble standing, had slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol.
Someone with a penchant for flat-screen televisions and stereo equipment is targeting local motor home dealers.
Thousands of dollars worth of TVs and stereos have been stolen from vehicles and trailers at lots from Spokane Valley to Post Falls, police announced this week.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest a suspect.
According to a news release, victim businesses include RVs Northwest, 18919 E. Broadway, which was struck during the night of Sept. 29, and R&R RVs at 23203 E. Knox during the night of Sept. 28. Blue Crick RV at 13915 W. Highway 2 in Airway Heights has been hit, as well as Blue Dog RV at 4490 N. Riverbend in Post Falls, Idaho.
Blue Dog was hit twice (Sept. 29 and Oct. 1) and lost 12 flat screens in the second burglary.
Post Falls police believe the thieves damaged cabinetry and cut wires connecting the TV walls. Investigators believe channel locks were used to break door locks.
Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.