Police: Vehicular assault suspect went airborne before crashing

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 7:57 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A judge set bail at $100,000 for a vehicular assault suspect who is accused of driving so recklessly that his car actually went airborne at one point.

Nicholas Oneil, 21, was arrested on Tuesday night. Officers found him hiding in a garage in the area of Post and Euclid.

Authorities said Oneill ran after crashing his car into another vehicle, ending a police pursuit.

The pursuit began when an officer was in the area of Ralph and Courtland when he heard a gunshot and saw a car speed away. The officer started to chase the car, but was forced to back off because it was too dangerous.

Police said Oneill blew threw a stop sign and hit another car at Post and Euclid.

James Siberz was working in his garage when he heard the crash. He said that he saw one of the drivers running away.

“You could tell he was spooked and scared,” said Siberz.

Oneill was caught a short distance away. Police said he was hiding inside a garage.

Court documents show Oneill was driving more than 60 miles per hour when he blew a stop sign and slammed into George Hunt’s car.

Hunt was treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries.

No one was hurt during the shooting which prompted the pursuit. Authorities said Oneill admitted to being in a gang.

Major Crimes detectives said a gun was found inside the car Oneill's vehicle. Ballistics tests are being performed to determine if the gun involved in the drive by shooting.

Oneill has had consistent problems with police for years according to court records. His adult criminal history shows a variety of felonies including attempting to elude, and refusing to comply with police.

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