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Police: Felon endangers woman and child while fleeing from officers, then causes elderly driver to crash into STA bus

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 17, 2020

After witnessing a traffic violation, officers say they attempted to pull over a vehicle in Spokane’s Logan neighborhood Saturday afternoon, only for the driver to flee the scene with his girlfriend and a child in the car. A short time later, the driver allegedly crashed into an elderly woman’s vehicle, causing her car to crash into an STA bus.

Just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, the Spokane Police Department Patrol Anti-Crime Team attempted to stop a Chevrolet Impala after seeing it spin out and running the license plate to find out the registered owner, Nicholas Glitz, 31, had a suspended license, according to court documents. The traffic stop occurred near East Illinois Avenue and North Perry Street, where the car initially stopped before speeding away, according to a department news release.

The officer deployed a GPS tracking device to monitor the car’s whereabouts after seeing the young child in the car and to avoid potential dangers of a car chase, according to court records.

Not long after the attempted traffic stop, Glitz was driving south on Perry Street when he allegedly hit a car that was crossing Perry on Indiana Avenue. The car he hit then spun and hit the front of an STA bus that was waiting in the intersection, according to police. The elderly female driver of the car and the bus driver both sustained minor injuries.

Glitz fled from the scene before leaving the car and his passengers near Nora Avenue and Columbus Street. PACT Team officers quickly contacted the passenger, who identified Glitz as the driver, according to police.

The next afternoon, the PACT team located Glitz at his home on the 400 block of East Kiernan Avenue, according to court records. He was arrested and charged with attempting to elude, vehicle hit and run injury, two counts of reckless endangerment, and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

Glitz has 11 prior felony convictions, including third-degree assault, attempting to elude and malicious mischief.

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