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Drunk driver leads officers in high-speed chase across state lines

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - 23723118

A suspected drunk driver led police on a high speed chase through two states Tuesday night, finally crashing into a front porch at Park and Ella in the Spokane Valley.

It began in north Idaho when someone called in a report of a drunk driver. However when Idaho State Police attempted to pull the suspect over, he sped off - eventually crossing the state line and entering the Spokane Valley.

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies joined the pursuit at that time, but eventually called it off for fear of causing a crash.

It was just minutes later, around 9:30 pm that a deputy spotted the suspect's abandoned car - he had apparently lost control and crashed into a front porch at Park and Ella and fled on foot.

A K9 unit was called in to track him and Burlington Northern Santa Fe was contacted to stop train traffic in the area so officers could safely be on the tracks. The suspect surrendered peacefully after a short manhunt and was transported to an area hospital for neck pain following his car crash.

"We'll continue on with the DUI investigation," said state patrol sergeant Douglas Jacobs. "As a result of that poor decision he put a lot of people at risk. Fortunately the cooperation of all the agencies involved really turned out in a good way."

Deputies are now waiting on a search warrant to obtain a blood sample from the suspect and investigate the contents of his car.