Spokane County Sheriff's helicopter chases down suspect

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by Spokane Co. Sheriff's Dept. press release

KREM.com

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 3 at 5:24 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY--  A 22-year-old Airway Heights man learned early Saturday that you can run from police in the dark, but you can’t hide from the sheriff’s helicopter, Air One.

 Deputy Chuck Sciortino was on patrol about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and was eastbound on Sunset Avenue when he noticed a westbound car traveling at high speed approaching him.
 
Sciortino estimated the car’s speed at 80 mph and his speed measure device (radar) indicated 76mph. As the car passed him, the deputy illuminated the driver with his side alley lights.
 
Turning to conduct a traffic stop, the deputy saw that the car had accelerated to about 100 mph. He lost sight of it briefly when it turned onto Lewis, but found it abandoned and running in a driveway in the 1500 block.
 
He contacted the resident there and she initially said she was not familiar with the car. During the conversation, Sciortino heard a window open at the rear of the house, ran around back and saw a man running into a nearby marsh.
 
Sciortino identified himself as a deputy and order the suspect to stop, but the man kept running until he could no longer be seen. The sheriff’s helicopter, Air One, was summoned and located the suspect using its Forward Looking Infra-red Radar.
 
  The helicopter crew was able to instruct ground deputies to intercept the fleeing suspect. He was captured and identified as Jared H. Horton. 
 
After being processed by Washington State Patrol Trooper Steve White, Horton was arrested for DUI, Obstructing a Police Investigation and Reckless Driving.

 

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