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Man assaults police officer during hit and run incident

SPOKANE, Wash. - One man has been arrested after fleeing from police and injuring an officer in the process.

18-year-old Zachary Woods was booked into the Spokane County Jail for 1st degree assault, felony hit and run, and attempting to elude a police officer.

Just after 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, an SPD officer stopped a vehicle driven by Woods near Lacey Ave. and Hoffman St. after seeing Woods drive poorly through a school zone. During the traffic stop, Woods drove away from the scene while the officer's arm was caught inside the open driver's window. The officer was able to run alongside the vehicle for about a third of a block before freeing himself. 

Other officers located Woods fleeing but Woods would not stop for police vehicles using their emergency lights and sirens. He drove down an alley recklessly and hit a citizen's vehicle that was north bound on Nevada St. between Joseph Ave. and Columbia Ave. 

Woods continued north until he crashed into a yard at Central Ave. He fled on foot but was caught within minutes by SPD officers.

The officer, citizen driver, and Woods all received non-life threatening injuries. They were transported and treated at the hospital.

A traffic investigator from Major Crimes Unit responded to investigate the collision. 


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