Local law enforcement agencies work together to end a high speed chase

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. --- Deputies, officers and Air 1 worked together to safely end a high speed chase.

Near the 22100 block of East Country Vista Drive, an officer noticed a person in a Ford Mustang driving at a high speed down the road.

The officer’s radar showed that the vehicle was traveling at 80 mph in a posted area of 35 mph.

The driver did not pull over when the officer turned on his emergency lights. The driver continued to run a red light at the intersection of Liberty Lake Road and Country Vista Drive.

The officer pursued the vehicle but the driver of the Mustang sped up, reaching 90 mph.

Tyler M. Schulz, 22, was later identified as the driver.

Schulz turned East on Trent and eventually turned Northbound on to Starr Road.

The officer struggled to keep the vehicle in his sight as the driver sped down the curvy road.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s Air 1, which was already in the area patrolling, arrived to tell ground units where Schulz was located.

Schulz continued to keep driving and headed Westbound on Trent from Idaho Road. Corporal Jeff Thurman, with his K9 partner Laslo, were able to catch up to the driver.

As Schulz slowed at Starr Road, Deputy Thurman surveyed the area to make sure there were no other vehicles or pedestrians in the area before he performed a precision immobilization technique to safely end the chase.

After the deputy stopped the driver, Schulz put his hands up and began following commands.

Schulz was taken in to custody without further incident.

Schulz was transported to the Spokane County Jail where he was booked for attempting to elude a police vehicle, which is a felony.


(© 2016 KREM)


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