Driver in county-wide police chase caught

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two men have been arrested in connection to a high-speed chase that took Sheriff’s deputies across Spokane County early Thursday morning.

Around 2 a.m., deputies attempted to pull over a suspicious vehicle, which was later reported stolen, in the 6600 block of East Trent.  When the driver saw deputies approaching, he attempted to ram a patrol car with his truck, investigators said.  The deputy swerved out of the way and was not hit. 

The truck driver then led deputies on a chase crossing into Spokane Valley, Spokane, and Deer Park at speeds reaching 80 miles per hour.  Authorities said the chase lasted over an hour.

Multiple deputies and Spokane Police officers were involved in the pursuit as it continued into northeast Spokane, north to the Deer Park area, then south where deputies were able to disable the suspect vehicle using spike strips near Highway 395 and Monroe Road.  Investigators said a passenger in the car, later identified as 29-year-old Jason Harris, was throwing debris out the window at deputies and officer's vehicles during the majority of the pursuit.

Shortly after the tires deflated, Authorities said the driver and Harris ran northbound from the truck toward Wandermere Golf Course.  A K9 unit successfully tracked Harris to a fence north of the highway where he was taken into custody. 
 
Harris was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of Reckless Endangerment, Felony Eluding, Resisting Arrest and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

Authorities also arrested Scott Fraser, 36, around 8:30 a.m. They believe Fraser was the driver in the chase. Deputies said they had saw Fraser's face multiple times during the chase.

Officials said Fraser has a long criminal history that includes taking motor vehicles without permission, burglary, tresspass, reckless endangerment, robbery and other crimes.

Fraser was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of Second Degree Assault, Felony Eluding, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Endangerment and Resisting Arrest. 

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