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Sirens & Gavels eluding police archive

FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012



A woman being pursued by police crashed a stolen car into a house in north Spokane Wednesday then tried to hide in a stranger's garage, police say.
Kristina M. Groce, 21, ran from the crash at 4906 N. Pittsburg St. and entered a home at 1711 E. Wabash Ave., uninvited, asked to use the phone and told the homeowner not to call police, according to court documents.
Officer Dan Cole tried to stop Groce after realizing the 2003 Toyota Celica she was driving was stolen. Cole said Groce drove over 60 mph and ran a stop sign at Nevada and Wabash before crashing into the home.
"Luckily no children were in the yard when the stolen car went onto sidewalk under cyclone fence and into corner of house," police wrote on Facebook.
The car's owner was at a laundromat earlier that day when someone grabbed his keys and stole his it, police say. (Spokane Police Department)

Woman crashes stolen car into house

Police released this photo of the crash at North Pittsburg Street and East Wabash Avenue Wednesday. A woman being pursued by police crashed a stolen car into a house in north Spokane Wednesday then tried to hide in a stranger's garage, police say. Kristina M....

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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

Man jumps fences but still can't escape

A man wanted on a Washington Department of Corrections warrant jumped over fences and made it through six yards before police caught up to him Tuesday. Colton P. Kilgallen, 21, told Deputy Damon Powers he was "just being stupid" and apologized for running after Powers...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

Police eluder left prison 3 months ago

A Spokane man released from prison in April is back behind bars after leading police on a chase in a stolen car, authorities allege. Zachary J. Schackel, 26, is to be arraigned today on charges of theft of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

Police arrest robbery, eluding suspect

A Spokane man suspected in recent robberies and of eluding police at least twice was arrested Monday after ramming a police cruiser. Shane Lawrence Hagedorn, 30, was driving a red Oldsmobile Achieva on West Wellesley Avenue about 9 p.m. when members of the Spokane police...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012

Two arrested after high-speed chase

Two young people in a stolen car led a sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase in Spokane Valley on Thursday. Jordy Scott DeBoer, 20, and Nicole Dawn Singer, 23, were in a green Honda Accord when Deputy Brian Hirzel tried to stop it near North...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Sex offender arrested after car chase

A sex offender sought by Crime Stoppers was arrested Thursday after leading troopers on a chase in the West Plains area. Phillip John Motyka, 45, pulled into a parking lot but just circled through and exited back on state Route 2 after Washington State Patrol...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Repeat offender sentenced to 4+ years

A repeat offender has been sentenced to about four years in prison for drug and property crimes. Christopher Bruce Gooch, 35, was given an exceptionally high sentence of 50 months in prison. He's in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to prison. A jury convicted...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Man nets 2nd police chase in 3 weeks 

A Spokane man arrested at gunpoint after a police chase three weeks ago was picked up again Tuesday morning after another chase with law enforcement. A profusely sweaty Michael S. Wheeler, 38, was taken to a hospital after he told a sheriff's deputy he had...

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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Teen arrested after Valley police chase

A juvenile was arrested for felony eluding police after a chase in Spokane Valley this morning. The boy, whose age was not released, was speeding through a parking lot in the area of East Sprague Avenue and North Pines Road about 2 a.m. when sheriff's...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012

Chronic eluder arrested for eluding police

A Spokane man with a history of fleeing police led a state wildlife officer on a chase in a stolen car while high on methamphetamine recently. Michael S. Wheeler, 38, remains jailed on stolen car and eluding police chases after he was arrested at gunpoint...

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Boy arrested for DUI after police chase

A 17-year-old boy in a stolen van was arrested for drunken driving after running into a fast food restaurant, then disabling his front tires by running over a curb. The boy also faces charges of attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit...

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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

2 arrested for meth after police chase

A Spokane man suspected of domestic violence was arrested on drug charges after a police chase late Sunday. Shane Patrick Wilson, 34, drove away from the 500 block of East Everett Avenue in a white Acura after officers were called to the area by a...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012

Driver arrested after 20-minute chase

A 20-minute police chase through northeast Spokane led to arrest of a 40-year-old Spokane woman Monday. Henrietta Allice Wynne is accused of fleeing a traffic stop by a Washington State Patrol trooper who spotted her driving erratically about 5:13 a.m. as she left the Royal...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Man injured in crash during police chase

A Cheney man was arrested for drunken driving and eluding police early today in Stevens County. Todd Earl Toreson, 38, lost control of his 2004 Ford F150 about 12:46 a.m. near on state Route 231 about 12 miles south of Springdale, according to Washington State...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012

A man in a stolen car swerved into a police cruiser during a chase in north Spokane Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect, Aaron D. Lyons, 33, was arrested after he crashed the 1992 Honda Civic into shrubbery while trying to turn into the Rite Aid parking lot on North Division Street. Deputy Jeff Thurman blocked the Civic with his patrol vehicle and arrested Lyons, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. (KHQ)

Police chase w/ stolen car ends in crash

This crash in north Spokane began when a sheriff's deputy tried to pull over the Honda. (KHQ-TV photo) A man in a stolen car swerved into a police cruiser during a chase in north Spokane this afternoon. The suspect, Aaron D. Lyons, 33, was arrested...

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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

Man in chase Tasered several times 

A man who fled a police chase in the Four Lakes area was arrested after being shocked several times with a Taser late Sunday. Jesse Ray Waldvogel, 25, ran from his car at milepost 267 on Interstate 90 about 5 p.m. as state troopers pursued...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

2 motorcyclists clocked at 110 mph 

A motorcyclist was arrested after a chase that began when police clocked him driving 110 mph on U.S. Highway 195 Thursday. Another motorcyclist driving alongside the biker at 110 mph escaped after crashing his bike in Moscow, Idaho, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office....

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MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

Absconder in chase returns to prison

A Spokane man who triggered a weeks-long federal manhunt and a wild police chase in Montana is going back to federal prison. Anthony E. Burke, 23, was sentenced to a year in prison last week for escaping from a halfway house last spring. After he...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

Investigators examine a crash scene June 20 on U.S. Highway 395. The driver of the red car was killed. (Dan Pelle)

Deputies in fatal highway pursuit ID'd

Investigators have released the names of the law enforcement officials involved in the pursuit that ended with a diabetic man dying in a head-on crash with a semi truck. Deputies Jennifer Wrotenbery and Mike Northway were in separate patrol cars when they saw Daniel J....

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

Suspect taken into custody. After a chase, Kevin Hodgson, 39, is arrested on the east side of Spalding Auto Parts wrecking yard in Spokane Valley on Thursday. Hodgson allegedly stole a car as Spokane Valley Police officers approached to arrest him on an outstanding warrant and sped north on University Road. Police said he abandoned the car, ran across Interstate 90, and hid in the Spalding yard, where a Spokane Police Department K-9 located him. He was arrested on charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, attempting to elude and the outstanding warrant, a police spokesman said. (Colin Mulvany)

Fugitive's police chase is 2nd this year 

Spokane County sheriff's deputies arrest Kevin L. Hodgson after a freeway chase Wednesday. (SRPhoto/Colin Mulvany) A man who already served jail time this year for eluding police was arrested at gunpoint Thursday following a high-speed freeway chase. Kevin Lyle Hodgson, 38, fled police at the...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011

Fugitive grabs officer's rifle during fight

A Spokane fugitive was arrested Monday after he knocked over a parking meter with his car while fleeing bail bondsmen, then tried to grab a firearm during a struggle with a Spokane police officer. Christopher Cleo McCracken, 38, (pictured in 2005) sped away from a...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

Reckless driver insults cop, gets away

A reckless driver who cut off a Washington State Patrol detective in the Hillyard area offered this assessment of the man, according to police: "You're a pussy." Detective M.C. Bambino said Justin Tyler Whitney, 30, yelled that at him from his 1981 Volkswagen pickup truck...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

18th birthday brings jail, four felonies

A Spokane resident celebrated his 18th birthday today by appearing in Superior Court on four felony charges. Quinn Mikal Ray was arrested Monday after a wild police chase that included Ray trying to run over a police officer and briefly pinning another officer inside a...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Cop pinned in car during chase w/ teen

A 17-year-old driver briefly pinned a Spokane police officer inside his patrol car during a chase Monday that ended with the boy's arrest, officials said today. Police were called to a fight near North Chestnut Street and West Mallon Avenue about 10:30 p.m., where people...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

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