SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.— A driver surrendered to Spokane County Sheriff’s K9 Laslo early Wednesday morning after leading deputies on a chase through Spokane Valley.
With their lights and sirens on, deputies chased the vehicle driven by 44-year-old Michael B. Donahey, travelling northbound in the southbound lanes on Craig Road. Deputies said Donahey jumped an embankment and crossed the center line several times trying to evade authorities. The Sheriff’s Office dispatched several units to assist in the pursuit according to deputies.
Deputies attempted multiple PIT maneuvers and deployed stop sticks until Donahey slowed to a stop and got out of his vehicle and attempted to run according to deputies.
Deputy Jeff Thurman ordered Donahey to surrender and warned him that K9 Laslo would be released if his disobeyed.
Okay, Okay! Don’t send the dog,” Donahey yelled. “I don’t want to get bit.”
Deputies said Donahey complied and was taken into custody. Authorities said no one was injured because there were not pedestrians or drivers in the area at the time.
Donahey told deputies he was smoking meth and freaked out according to authorities. Thurman searched Donahey’s vehicle and found a glass pipe with a substance that tested positive as methamphetamine.
The Sheriff’s Office said there was not a Drug Recognition Expert available at the time to process Donahey for DUI. Authorities booked Donahey into Spokane County Jail for felony charges of Attempting to Elude and Possession of a Controlled Substance.