SPOKANE, Wash.—Police initiated a K-9 track Saturday night near Manito Park after a driver nearly struck an officer and crashed into a tree.
A Spokane Police Officer approached a suspicious vehicle that was parked inside Manito Park after-hours according to authorities. The officer smelled marijuana and expressed a concern about the juvenile driver and passengers getting home safe according to police. Police said the 17-year-old male driver took-off in the car, nearly hitting the officer.
Police began pursuing the vehicle, which eventually crashed into a tree near 17th and Grand according to authorities. The juveniles got out of the car and fled on foot according to police.
Police approached the vehicle and found a gun that was seen inside it before the pursuit according to officers. Police initiated a K-9 track for the driver and passengers.
Authorities said K-9 Talon located a 17-year-old male who was hiding in the bushes nearby. Police took him into custody and booked him into Juvenile Detention on a 2nd Degree charge for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
Talon led police to the remaining juveniles, a male and two females, who were hiding in a garage near 16th Avenue and South Latawah Street. Police took them all into custody without incident.
Police determined the second 17-year-old male was the driver and a convicted felon. Police arrested him and booked him into Juvenile Detention on charges of 1st Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Attempting to Elude a Pursuing Police Vehicle.