SPOKANE— What started as a high speed chase early Tuesday ended as a river rescue in Spokane.
Authorities said they attempted to pull over a stolen Honda driven by Douglas Baker, 23, just before 4 a.m. near Francis and Elgin. They said instead of pulling over, Baker hit the gas and took off.
Officers chased Baker for about ten minutes through city streets. Officers decided to use a pit maneuver in an attempt to stop the car near Mission Park.
They said Baker then got out of the car and took off on foot. They said he then jumped into the freezing Spokane River and tried to swim away.
However, due to the severe conditions of the river, he needed the officers’ help to get out. They linked leg restraints together to pull Baker out of the water. They immediately took Baker into custody.
Baker was transported to a local hospital to be checked by a doctor of exposure. He was quickly cleared by the hospital and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempt to Elude and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
The owners of the stolen Honda responded to the scene and drove their car home.