SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash --- A fugitive was arrested after he attempted to flee from law enforcement Wednesday morning on Sunset Boulevard near Assembly.
Before two a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Nogle saw a Honda Civic traveling west on Sunset Boulevard near Assembly. According to Deputy Nogle the car’s exhaust was loud and the vehicle was missing its hood, which is in violation of the Revised Code of Washington for motor vehicles.
The deputy activated his emergency lights when the vehicle turned into the Cedar Village Motel parking lot at Sunset Highway and Lewis Street. The deputy turned on his spot light after pulling behind the Honda, he observed a male driver and a female passenger in the car.
The driver continued to slowly drive through the parking lot toward the east exit, said the SCSO press release. Then the passenger door opened and the female fell, or was pushed out, of the moving vehicle before it began to flee. The female did not motion for help and did not appear to be injured after falling from the vehicle estimated to be traveling less than five miles per hour, said the release.
Deputy Nogle activated his siren when they turned onto Lewis Street and the driver, later identified as 41-year-old Daniel Palmer, accelerated in an attempt to escape. During the pursuit, Palmer reportedly failed to obey traffic signals, drove erratically at excess speeds and without any regard for his safety or the safety of the public in the area.
At the intersection of Geiger Boulevard and Hayford Road, Airway Heights Police Officer Hayes successfully deployed spike strips. The Honda’s driver’s side front tire was completely flat at this time, said the SCSO. Palmer slowed after getting a flat tire but still tried to turn on I-90 eastbound at the Highway 902 interchange. Deputy Nogle attempted a PIT maneuver to end the pursuit safely, but palmer managed to keep control of his vehicle and fled eastbound on I-90.
It appeared Palmer was having trouble maintaining control of the vehicle on I-90 so he stopped on the shoulder near milepost 274, got out of his car and laid down on the ground.
Multiple deputies arrived to assist in the arrest of Palmer. While Deputy Humphrey and Deputy Cinkovich approached Palmer to take control of his arms, he tensed and tried to pull his arms toward his waistband. Deputies did not know if he was armed, so they ordered him to stop resisting and to put his hands behind. Palmer continued to resist until two knee strikes were delivered to his arm causing him to comply, said the release.
After Palmer was taken into custody, palmer said he thought the female, who he did not know, had drugs and she jumped out of the vehicle on her own. He continued to flee because he was scared and knew he had a felony warrant for his arrest.
Palmer was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for attempting to elude a police vehicle, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended driver’s license. He is also held pending extradition to Idaho for the felony warrant.
A search for the female was unsuccessful.