Spokane Valley police arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of hit-and-run, assault and eluding police on Thursday after a man reportedly suffering from mental illness fled officers and ran over the leg of one of them, causing a minor injury.
Two deputies arrived at the 1700 block of East Coach Drive at about 10:15 a.m., when a man reported his neighbor’s son, Kendall K. Fors, had threatened to shoot him, according to court documents.
The mother told police she had called American Behavioral Health at least three times to get help for Fors, according to court documents. She said he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and hadn’t taken his medication for about three months.
One deputy attempted to talk to Fors, but he got into a Ford SUV and backed out of the driveway, according to court documents. When the deputy walked up to the car ordering Fors to stop, the deputy was caught inside the driver’s-side door and was dragged for about 20 feet.
The deputy then fell into the road and Fors drove the SUV over the officer’s right leg with a rear tire, according to court documents. He suffered a severe ankle sprain.
Fors then accelerated the SUV and swerved between westbound and eastbound lanes of East Coach Drive, according to court documents.
The other responding deputy advised an officer was “down” over the radio, giving others the impression the injured deputy was seriously hurt or dead, court documents show.
Another deputy responded in a patrol car with its emergency lights activated, but Fors did not stop the SUV, court documents say. The SUV then slowed for a red light and sped up as it drove into the oncoming lane of traffic.
Fors also ran a red light at North Flora Road to turn west onto East Sprague Avenue, court documents say. The deputy pursuing in a patrol car activated its sirens as the SUV accelerated to 55 mph in a 35 mph zone on East Sprague Avenue.
At North Conklin Road, the SUV continued to drive through a red light and attempted to fit between two stopped cars in the left turn and passing lanes, according to court documents.
The SUV then crashed into the rear of both vehicles, causing a five-car injury crash, according to court documents. Fors ignored further commands from police and struggled with deputies as they cut his seat belt and used a stun gun to subdue him.
Fors was being held in the Spokane County Jail on a $50,000 bond on Saturday, according to jail records. He has no felony criminal record in Spokane.
The injured deputy is expected to recover quickly and be back to work soon, according to Cpl. Mark Gregory, a sheriff’s office spokesman.
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