A 26-year-old Spokane man, Jesse Johnson, who took Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputies on a high-speed chase through Chattaroy on Oct. 1, faces numerous felony charges.
The chase started after Crime Check had received reports of a stolen vehicle in Spokane at around 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 1. A short time later, another Crime Check report detailed a shoplifting incident involving the same vehicle at the Safeway store at N10100 Newport Highway.
At around 3 p.m. Deputy R. Cunninghan noticed the stolen vehicle with three occupants traveling southbound on Elk-Chattaroy Road. He was unsuccessful in trying to stop the vehicle.
After a short pursuit, Johnson crashed into a pickup truck at the intersection of Conklin and Blanchard roads. The driver of the truck was not hurt.
Johnson fled the scene, according to a police report. His two passengers said they did not know him and had just hitched a ride. It was later determined that the two, whose names were not released, were associates of Johnson.
The following day, Johnsonâ€™s father contacted the Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Office and arranged to have his son taken into custody. Johnson was arrested at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Elk-Chattaroy Road.
Johnson was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the felony charges of felony hit-and-run, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony eluding and vehicular assault.