Deputies arrest man who fled on motorized scooter

Deputies arrest man who fled on motorized scooter

Spokane Valley Deputies arrested a man who tried to avoid capture on a scooter Tuesday morning.

Just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, a Spokane Valley deputy saw a man sitting outside of a closed business in the 100 block of S. Bowdish. As the deputy drew closer, the man, later identified as 21-year-old Austin M. Bailey, jumped on a motorized scooter and rode on Bowdish.

The deputy activated his emergency lights but Bailey didn’t stop. Bailey turned west on Appleway Trail as more deputies responded to the area.

After a short chase on University and then 4th Avenue, a deputy exited his patrol car at the same time Bailey threw down his scooter and ran south across 4th toward a senior care facility and residences. As the deputy pursued, Bailey turned toward him and raised his hands into a fighting stance.

The deputy tackled Bailey to the ground, and he was taken into custody.

Bailey explained he ran because he knew he had warrants for his arrest.

Bailey was given medical attention before being booked into the Spokane County Jail for his previous warrants, which included two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Possessing/Making Motor Theft Tools, as well as new charges of Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle and Obstructing.

The motorized scooter was seized and booked as evidence.