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Citizens help police catch fleeing suspect

SPOKANE, Wash. - Three citizens who witnessed a lengthy police chase on 57th and Regal helped the deputy arrest the suspect Sunday afternoon.

On September 10, at around 3 p.m., a Spokane police deputy saw a car driving eastbound on 57th east of Regal. He had noticed the car earlier that day parked near Mt. Vernon and 57th without license plates or a trip permit in the window.

The deputy saw the car was being driven by a man he believed to be 46-year-old Jason B. Farmer, who he had contact with in the past couple of weeks. The deputy knew that Farmer's license had been suspended.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but instead of pulling over, Farmer accelerated and pulled into the center lane. Farmer eventually pulled over and the driver was able to make contact with him.

Farmer admitted his license was suspended, and then tried to call a friend on his cell phone, refusing to exit his car. The deputy warned Farmer that he would use pepper spray if Farmer didn't put down the phone and get out of the car.

Farmer got out of the car, but started running away from the deputy, yelling “don't shoot me!”

The deputy yelled at Farmer to stop, before chasing him and calling for assistance.

Farmer led the deputy on a long chase, turning east on 57th and continuing to flee.

A nearby citizen watching the chase pulled up in front of Farmer two different times in their car, attempting to stop or slow Farmer's escape.

Another citizen pulled up next to the deputy and asked if he wanted a ride. The deputy accepted, and the car pulled up beside Farmer. Farmer continued to yell “don't shoot me!” and ran across the street. The deputy again ordered him to get on the ground and place his hands behind his back, and Farmer finally obeyed commands.

An off duty police officer then pulled up and offered to help. The civilian driver offered to go guard the deputy's patrol car, while the deputy and off duty officer walked Farmer back.

Farmer told deputies he ran because he was scared he would be shot, stating that lately “cops shoot black men who run from them.” Farmer apologized and said he shouldn't have run.   

Farmer was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Driving while Suspended 3rd Degree, Criminal Trespass 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest, and Failure to Obey Law Enforcement.