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Sirens & Gavels

Blown stop sign leads to felony arrest

A traffic stop for running a stop sign turned into a short vehicle and foot chase Tuesday in Spokane Valley.

Joseph Louis Barton, 48, was arrested after rolling out of the driver's seat of his car and onto the ground, then running into a backyard.

A large bush proved to be his undoing - Deputy Kevin Mosher saw he was having trouble getting past the bush and arrested him, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Mosher tried to stop Barton after seeing him run a stop sign at Third Avenue and Havana Street. Barton accelerated westbound on Third, then stopped at Second Avenue and Dearborn Road, where Barton fled the vehicle.

He was arrested on a felony charge of attempted to elude as well as misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended, hit and run, drunken driving, violating an ignition interlock requirement.

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