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Courthouse watch: 7.23.09

Domestic violence suspect Paul Reinhardt is attended to by Spokane Police on the eastside of Latah Creek Monday morning. Police were chasing Reinhardt when he abandoned his car at 27th and Inland Empire Way. He ended up crossing the cold waters of Latah Creek. After police arrested him, the Spokane Fire Department did a technical rescue to bring him up a cliff.   COLIN MULVANY The Spokesman-Review (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Domestic violence suspect Paul Reinhardt is attended to by Spokane Police on the eastside of Latah Creek Monday morning. Police were chasing Reinhardt when he abandoned his car at 27th and Inland Empire Way. He ended up crossing the cold waters of Latah Creek. After police arrested him, the Spokane Fire Department did a technical rescue to bring him up a cliff. COLIN MULVANY The Spokesman-Review (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
A man who tried to escape from police by jumping into Latah Creek will spend about five years in prison, a judge ruled today.

As pictured above, Paul J. Reinhardt, 40, was arrested in February on the banks of Latah Creek after fleeing from Spokane police trying to arrest him for domestic violence. 

A railroad crew pointed him out to police, according to a story you can read here.

Reinhardt pleaded guilty today to second-degree assault and attempting to elude police.

He got 63 months for the assault and 22 months for attempting to elude, but the sentences will be served at the same time.

Judge Jerome Leveque sentenced Reinhardt this morning.

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Gayle Ervin represented the state; the Counsel for Defense represented Reinhardt.



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