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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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WSP chases erratic driver 75 miles

The Washington State Patrol chased an erratic driver from Spokane to Ritzville Wednesday, eventually using a set of spike strips to help end the pursuit.

Troopers knew the registered owner of the car had four previous convictions for driving under the influence and had a revoked driver’s license, said Trooper Jeff Sevigney.

“It is unusual,” Sevigney said of the long pursuit. “The history of this driver, which we knew about during the pursuit, warranted it.”

Multiple people called 911 around 1:30 p.m. to report a speeding westbound driver making erratic lane changes on I-90 near the Broadway exit. Troopers tried to pull over the driver, identified as 52-year-old Scott Williams of Spokane Valley, but he continued west at speeds ranging from 40 to 110 miles per hour, Sevigney said.

A WSP Cessna airplane joined the chase along the way. A set of spike strips was put out in an attempt to flatten Williams’ tires about 22 miles west of Ritzville. Williams hit the spikes and continued for another mile before pulling over and surrendering.

Williams has been booked into the Adams County Jail on charges of felony eluding, felony DUI, reckless driving, driving with a revoked driver’s license and driving without a required ignition interlock device.

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