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Sirens & Gavels police chases archive

MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Video shows North Idaho police shooting

Two Post Falls police officers were justified when they shot a fugitive to death in March during a chase that ended in a cul-de-sac in Hayden, authorities concluded last week. Video from a police cruiser’s dashboard camera released Friday shows Justin Earl Nicholas Todd, 33,...

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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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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012

Man arrested w/ stolen SUV after chase

A man was arrested at gunpoint early Sunday after leading a state trooper on a high-speed chase from Interstate 90 to the Gonzaga University area. Charles A. Castro, 31, was driving a black SUV east on the freeway when he changed lanes to take the...

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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 30, 2012

Bevy of drugs found in felon's truck

A longtime Spokane felon who fought with police in a Browne's Addition grocery store parking lot last week had about three ounces of heroin in his vehicle, police said today. Stephen Patrick Link, 46, pleaded not guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court to possession...

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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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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

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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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

Video questions account of shooting

Watch me talk about the story in the video above with KHQ's Dave Cotton. A homeowner says his surveillance video brings into question the official account of why law enforcement shot and killed a North Idaho fugitive three weeks ago, though police warn against drawing...

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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

2 arrested after chase w/ stolen truck

A sheriff deputy's attempted traffic stop led to a chase with a stolen truck Sunday night. The driver and his passenger fled the truck near Haven Street after city police officers disabled its front and rear passenger tires at the intersection of North Market Street...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

Shot fugitive had wig, weapons, paint

A fugitive shot to death by police in North Idaho had material for changing his identity in his vehicle, as well as weapons, drug paraphernalia and an active police scanner. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department announced the discovery Wednesday as part of its ongoing investigation...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

Fugitive shot, killed by Post Falls police

A North Idaho man with an extensive criminal history was shot and killed by a Post Falls police officer early Monday after striking a state trooper with his car, police say. Justin Earl Nicholas Todd, 33, died at Kootenai Medical Center after a nearly 20-minue...

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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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TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012

Spokane fugitive dead in Lynnwood lake 

A Spokane fugitive found dead in a Western Washington lake has been identified as Seth Brian Brandley, 28. Brandley was wanted on a Washington Department of Corrections warrant when he fled police in the Everett area Feb. 26. Authorities responded Feb. 29 to North Lake...

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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, FEB. 14, 2012

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....

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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012

Burglary suspect arrested after chase

A north Spokane County man followed a burglary suspect as he sped away from his home this afternoon, leading to a chase with a sheriff's sergeant that ended with the suspect's arrest. Harold A. Willey, 52, avoided spike strips at Bruce Road and Highway 206...

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Would-be traffic stop turns into chase

An attempted traffic stop for going 10 miles over the speed limit in Spokane Valley Wednesday night turned into police chase with a felony drug suspect, officials said today. Danny D. Harman, 36, was arrested after Officer Mark Brownell performed a Pursuit Intervention Technique on...

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