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Police searching for wanted felon after high speed chase

Police searching for wanted felon...

SPOKANE, Wash. - A wanted felon is still on the run after leading police on a high speed chase in Spokane Valley Tuesday afternoon.

The chase ended when the vehicle collided with another car near Broadway and Park. Miraculously, no one was injured.

The passenger in that car, who is also the owner, said he pleaded with the suspect to pull over. 

“I was telling him to stop plenty of times,” said Antonio Ortiz. “I'm saying you know it's not worth it people don't get away from cops anymore.”

Antonio Ortiz is lucky to be alive.

“He said hold on, so that's where I kind of started counting my blessings,” said Ortiz.

Antonio said he only knew the suspect through Facebook. He got a call Tuesday morning asking for help.
“He gave me a call and said hey can you help me come tow my car,” Ortiz said.

As the two men were getting the car ready to tow, a Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy stopped to see what they were up to.

The two gave their information to the officer, then the suspect said he needed a new tow rope, and asked Antonio if he could drive his car. And that's when everything changed.

Antonio had no idea the suspect was a wanted felon in both Idaho and Washington. He begged him to pull over.

“He was pushing at least 100,” said Ortiz. “And that was on the main Argonne Road all the way down.”

The chase lasted nearly five miles, and ended in a collision that totaled both cars.

Their vehicle collided with a Honda turning out of a parking lot near Park and Broadway.

The suspect then ran away. Tuesday afternoon, police used a dog to track the suspect, but were unsuccessful.

The suspect is still on the run. Police describe him as a white male in his 30s wearing dark camo shorts and a black shirt. If you have any information on the incident or the suspect's whereabouts, you are asked to contact Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
 


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