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Man dies in high speed deputy chase after caller said he might have been using drugs in his car

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 8, 2020

A man died in Spokane Valley while being pursued by Spokane County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night following a call to check on his welfare.

The man struck a deputy’s patrol car as he fled , according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release.

A Spokane Valley Albertson’s employee called in to report that a man was slumped over and possibly using drugs in his vehicle, which was running while parked at the store on Highway 27.

When deputies tried to contact the man he “suddenly took off,” striking a deputy’s patrol car as he left, the release said.

During the high speed chase, the man lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway near the intersection of Highway 27 and Dishman Mica Road, where he crashed into an area with trees. Medics tried life-saving measures. The man was pronounced him dead at the scene.

The Spokane Police Department will investigate this incident to “ensure an independent and impartial investigation.”

No citizens or deputies were injured, according to the release.

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