Aerial video: Sheriff's chopper tracks down reckless driver going 90mph



Posted on May 3, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 3 at 3:31 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane County Sheriff's Office helicopter, Air-1, helped track down a reckless driving suspect during a long chase early Saturday morning.

The Sheriff's Office released aerial video of the 24 minute chase on Tuesday.

The incident started shortly after midnight early Saturday morning when Corporal Dave Ellis was driving on patrol in the north 1800 block of Greene St.  A white 1996 Honda Accord buzzed past Ellis doing an estimated 80 to 90 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Ellis started to pursue the suspect as the Honda later went 60 mph down residential streets. At one point the suspect turned and came at Ellis with the driver’s side of the Honda striking the front bumper of Ellis’ patrol car.

The Honda then took off north on Freya doing 55 mph and Air-1 picked up the pursuit with a spotlight on the suspect.

The suspect then turned off his headlights and Ellis stopped the pursuit because of the increased danger.

Air-1 continued to track the suspect who still drove in a reckless manner despite no patrol cars behind him.  At one point, the suspect drove the wrong way on Greene St.

Spokane Police set up spike strips south of Spokane Community College that deflated both passenger side tires as the Honda drove over them.  The Honda continued driving on its rims, shooting out sparks.

Deputies on the ground picked up the pursuit as the Honda’s headlights came on near 37th and Glenrose.  Deputy Daryl Smith used a PIT maneuver (pursuit intervention technique) to stop the Honda.

Sergey Alekseyev, 19, was taken into custody and booked into jail for one felony count of attempting to elude a police vehicle.