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Two men arrested after fleeing scene of crash in East Central on Sunday

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 29, 2019

Spokane police arrested two men Sunday morning after they struck a parked car in the East Central neighborhood and attempted to flee the scene, according to witnesses.

Harley M. James and Joseph S. Williams, both 27, were taken into custody after the crash near East Fifth Avenue and South Ray Street just before noon Sunday, according to a news release. James was the driver of the car, and along with Williams tried to enter a residence near the crash, police said. Neighbors detained one of the men, and police arrested the other shortly afterward.

Williams was found carrying drugs, money and other paraphernalia, police said. James is facing hit-and-run charges and was driving without a court-ordered ignition interlock device, according to the news release.

James was arrested in June 2018 on suspicion of aiding a car thief in north Spokane. Williams had an outstanding warrant for escaping community custody, police said, and is facing possession of a controlled substance charges as well as possessing a firearm illegally.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. Both men were booked into Spokane County Jail on Sunday afternoon, according to jail records.

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