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Assault lands prolific criminal behind bars

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A prolific criminal involved in an assault with another individual was arrested by sheriff's deputies in Spokane Valley Tuesday after he pulled a gun on a man who punched him in the face.

Kevin Chastain, 34, was spotted near the intersection of Sprague and Pines shortly after authorities got the report of the fight call around 1 p.m. Tuesday near 4th and Pines. Deputies, since Chastain was reportedly armed, ordered him to get on the ground, to which Chastain responded by running across Sprague Avenue, dropping a backpack he was carrying.

Chastain then ran behind a truck, throwing a handgun to the ground and continued running, throwing away a plastic baggie a few moments later.

The deputy chasing him caught up to Chastain, deployed his taser and took him into custody.

Deputies retrieved the handgun Chastain had thrown away and detectives determined it had been stolen. A test done on the white powder found inside the baggie confirmed it was methamphetamine. Chastain said he had a drug problem and it was meth in the baggie.

Chastain, who has nine prior felony convictions, was arrested in February after Spokane police raided a home at 27 S. Haven on a firearms search warrant. During the raid on that home police recovered several firearms, counterfeit cash, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine from the home.

After his arrest Wednesday he was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Obstructing and Possessing Burglary Tools.

His bond was set at $80,000.