SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy and his K9 caught a convicted felon who tried to flee from a traffic stop Thursday night.
The deputy passed a white Toyota that was going northbound on Tschirley. He could hear metal on the road from the car’s studded tires.
Authorities said when the deputy tried to pull the car over on Sprague west of Tschirley. The deputy could see the driver, Michael Yankey, 38, reaching toward the back seat as he failed to stop.
Officials said Yankey speed up to 60-65 mph in a 35 mph zone and tried to elude the deputy. After a short pursuit, Yankey ran from the vehicle.
The deputy and K9, Laslo, chased Yankey on foot. The deputy told him to stop, he was under arrest and if he did not stop he would send Laslo. Laslo chased Yankey and he was taken into custody within a short distance.
Authorities said Yankey had a rifle in the back seat. When the deputy asked him why he tried to run from him he said he was being stupid. He also said the rifle belonged to his dad and it did not work.
Yankey was booked into jail for Felony Eluding, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing and Driving While License Suspended.