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Spokane police arrest 2 men after serious crash in stolen car; other driver critically injured

UPDATED: Sat., April 18, 2020

Spokane police arrested two men Friday night after they were found to be driving a stolen car involved in a serious crash, which sent another driver to the hospital with critical injuries.

A Spokane police officer first spotted the stolen car with people inside around 4:20 p.m., according to a news release.

The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but moments later reported the car was involved in a crash at the intersection of East Sanson Avenue and North Nevada Street, the news release said. The officer also said he saw two men from the stolen vehicle flee on foot.

Two officers detained the men – Nicholas S. Kelley, 19, and Devin S. Smith, 24 – within minutes. They were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Nevada Street was closed from East Rowan Avenue to East Queen Avenue for hours while police investigated.

Meanwhile, medical personnel responded to the second vehicle and transported the driver to the hospital with critical injuries, the news release said.

Police booked Kelley and Smith into the Spokane County Jail at about 9 p.m. on suspicion of first-degree robbery related to the stolen car. Kelley, the driver, was also charged with theft of a vehicle, attempting to elude police, vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run. Smith also was charged with possession of a stolen car.

Bonds have not been set for Smith and Kelley, according to jail records.

Kelley was also charged with burglary, theft and misdemeanor assault in Spokane County Superior Court in January, but his next hearing was postponed until May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He pleaded guilty to possessing stolen property in April 2019.

Smith pleaded guilty to third-degree theft and bail jumping in Spokane County Superior Court in February 2019, according to court records.

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