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Man arrested for eluding Spokane Valley Police again

A man led authorities on a high speed chase through Spokane Valley early Wednesday morning and allegedly rammed a Spokane Valley deputy’s patrol vehicle car head-on, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies spotted the vehicle, driven by Jordy DeBoer, 21, and reported as stolen last week, the news release said.

Deputy Juan Rodriguez followed him until additional police units were in the area. He attempted to pull him over, but DeBoer allegedly sped away reaching speeds up to 80 mph. Near the area of Pines Road and Broadway Avenue, Deputy Rodriguez intercepted the car with a PIT maneuver and then DeBoer crashed into another deputy’s patrol car where it was waiting to block any escape route.

Deputies arrested DeBoer without any further incident for charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of meth and eluding police. DeBoer is now in custody at Spokane County Jail with a $50,000 bond established by Judge James M. Triplet.

“Attempting to elude, in my mind, is a fairly serious offense for law enforcement and for people – on the sides of the street and road,” Triplett said in court Wednesday.

The news release did not report severe injuries for Deputy Seth Berrow after he was hit by DeBoer's allegedly stolen vehicle, but he only noted soreness following the incident.

This is the second pursuit DeBoer has been accused of in the past year for Spokane Valley. Spokane County Superior Courts sentenced him to three months in jail for speeding away from police and possession of stolen property during a June 2011 incident.

Deputies also arrested the passenger, identified as Gary G. Walker, 19, on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

Handcuffed Man Escapes SV Police

The handcuffed driver of a stolen car escaped from custody late Thursday when officers left him unattended as they chased his fleeing passenger, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department. Police are asking for help identifying the man who was was driving a purple Mercury Tracer that had been reported stolen in a residential burglary when Officers Mark Benner and Jason Karnitz spotted him at Pines and Cherry about 11:15 p.m., Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release. The car stopped in the dead end area of a parking lot and the passenger fled on foot. Benner chased after him, and Karntiz handcuffed the driver and told him to stay in the car as he joined the chase, but the officers returned to find the suspect gone. Neither officer knew his name/Meghann M. Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.

Question: Pretend that you're the public relations person for the Spokane Valley police — their Sgt. Christie Wood or Major Ben Wolfinger, so to speak. How would you spin this one?