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Couple throws garden tools at cops

Local streets and Interstate 90 briefly resembled a garden shed Thursday night after two people fleeing from police in a stolen van reportedly threw garden tools - including a gas powered weed trimmer - out the back in an effort to escape.

The chase started in Post Falls and crossed into Spokane County around 6:45 p.m. The van, driven by 28-year-old Amber M. Vazquez, went west on I-90, got off at Sullivan Road, got back on the freeway and then exited at Pines Road, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release.

As Vazquez drove her husband, 32-year-old Adolfo D. Vazquez, allegedly broke out the back windows of the van and began throwing items out. The flying tools included metal rakes, a gas can, a metal shovel and an ax. Pursuing deputies were forced to evade the tools, the news release said.

When the van exited the freeway at Pines she lost control of the van and slid into a field. The couple ran away and police K9 Gunnar chased down Adolfo Vazques while deputies captured Amber Vazquez/Nina Culver, SR. More here (subscription).

Question: Which garden tool do you value the most?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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