Wrong way Interstate 90 chase ends in felon's arrest

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 6:22 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- Authorities arrested a 23 time convicted felon Monday morning for allegedly driving the wrong way down Interstate 90. Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies caught Gregory Kroetch, 47, near Highway 195.

Deputies said Kroetch exited I-90 at 195 and was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. Washington State Patrol troopers used spike strips to stop Kroetch near 16th and 195.  Authorities apprehended him near 14th and South Loop Road when he tried to run from the vehicle.

The pursuit began in Spokane Valley around 10:50 a.m.  A deputy was investigating a burglary when he saw Kroetch drive by him in a maroon Ford Probe.  Knowing Kroetch had a long history of criminal activity; the deputy ran the registration of the vehicle and found that the car was stolen.

Several deputies tried to stop Kroetch near Interstate 90 and Pines.

“I was wondering if he was going to turn left to keep getting away from the cops, or go straight.  But instead he went crazy and turned right,” said Patrick Crawford.

Crawford witnessed the start of the pursuit. He said that is when Kroetch entered I-90 on the eastbound off-ramp.  He began driving westbound in the eastbound lanes according to deputies.

Authorities said Kroetch eventually exited at Broadway where he drove east. Kroetch re-entered I-90 on the eastbound off-ramp and traveled westbound in the eastbound lanes of travel until he exited at Sprague.  WSP troopers took over when Kroetch allegedly returned to I-90 at the Fancher on-ramp and traveled westbound.

“It didn't really scare me then, but kind of scary now,” said Crawford, “Especially knowing he had 23 felonies. That, got my heart pumping.”

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