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Whiskey bottle found next to man who led police on a chase through the Lowe’s parking lot

UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

The suspect, wearing a t-shirt, in a domestic violence dispute that led to a freeway crash is taken to a waiting Spokane County Sheriff's car Friday, May 31, 2013 near milepost 260 on I-90.  The man pushed a woman out of his car while being pursued by police, then crashed a few miles away and fled into the woods. He was apprehended without incident. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The suspect, wearing a t-shirt, in a domestic violence dispute that led to a freeway crash is taken to a waiting Spokane County Sheriff's car Friday, May 31, 2013 near milepost 260 on I-90. The man pushed a woman out of his car while being pursued by police, then crashed a few miles away and fled into the woods. He was apprehended without incident. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

A man driving a Ford Mustang led deputies on a high-speed chase through parking lots on North Division Street just before 2 a.m. Friday.

A deputy spotted the car at Addison Street and Francis Avenue and noticed that a brake light was out and the driver appeared to be swerving and driving erratically. When he attempted to pull the car over, it turned into the Petco parking lot at Division and Francis, according to court documents. The driver then sped north, swerving and once hitting a dip so hard that sparks flew from underneath his car.

The driver, later identified as 18-year-old Joseph R. Guerrero, continued through the Jack in the Box and Lowe’s parking lots before getting back on the street. He eventually stopped in an apartment complex parking lot at 6612 N. Addision.

Guerrero appeared to be trying to run away and struggled with the deputy who handcuffed him, according to court documents. The deputy wrote in court documents that there was an “overpowering odor” of alcohol and that Guerrero was slurring his words and had bloodshot eyes. There was also an open bottle of Black Velvet whiskey on the front seat, according to court records.

He was booked into the Spokane County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and attempting to elude police.

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