SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- An assault suspect in Spokane Valley ran from deputies Sunday night after running to the scene of the assault.
Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the area of Havana and Sprague to a report of a man who pulled a knife during an argument over money. The victim told deputies Christopher J. Lloyd, 49, approached him and they argued about money Lloyd claimed he was owed. The argument became physical and the victim said Lloyd tried to stab him. The victim was able to get away from Lloyd with out being injured and Lloyd left the scene.
Deputies said while they were taking the victim’s statement, Lloyd returned to the scene but quickly turned around and left. Deputies chased him but he refused to stop.
Authorities said Lloyd was driving recklessly at a high rate of speed and ran red lights. He avoided deputy’s attempts to use spike strips to flatten his tires. At one point deputies said he cut through the parking lot of 7-11 on Broadway and Park and continued east on Broadway and then south on Argonne. Deputies then tried a pit maneuver to stop him at Riverside west and Argonne and were unsuccessful.
The pursuit continued westbound on Sprague Avenue and continued westbound and deputies tried a pit maneuver again but were unsuccessful. Authorities said Lloyd then got on I-90 west and reached speeds of 85 to 105 miles an hour.
Lloyd eventually exited the highway at the Cheney exit and began travelling toward the City of Cheney. Officials said Lloyd slowed down to around 40 miles an hour. A pit maneuver was tried again and deputies were successful.
Authorities said Lloyd was taken into custody without further incident. A woman was also in the vehicle with Lloyd. She had a minor cut on her forearm. The woman told deputies Lloyd was giving her a ride to work. She said she continually yelled at Lloyd to stop and let her out of the car but he refused because he didn’t want to get arrested.
Lloyd told deputies the alleged assault victim owed him money and admitted to arguing and fighting with him but denied pulling a knife. Lloyd said he returned to his car and left the scene to get gas.
Lloyd said he decided he wanted to go back to the scene to talk to the victim and noticed there were cops. He said he decided he should not stop because he did not want to go to jail.
Lloyd was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony charges of attempting to elude a police vehicle and unlawful imprisonment.
Authorities searched the car and did not locate a knife. They said there was not enough probable cause to support any charges for the original reported assault.
KREM.com Clarification: In an earlier version of this story the Spokane County Sheriff's Office initially identified the suspect with the wrong middle initial, stating it was Christopher S. Lloyd when the suspect was actually Christopher J. Lloyd.