Hit-and-run crash leads to arrest of two felons with outstanding warrants

Spokane Police thank witnesses and bystanders for their help
Items found in hit and run

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Police responded to a hit-and-run near Fifth Avenue and Ray Street Sunday morning, which led them directly to two previously convicted felons.

Witnesses called Crime Check to report that the driver and passenger suspects of the hit-and-run got out of the car and ran. According to Spokane Police, other witnesses followed the suspects, catching and detaining one of them. One of the responding officers was able to detain the other suspect.

The driver, identified as Harley M. James, was charged with hit-and-run and driving without an ignition interlock device. Additionally, Spokane Police discovered he had an outstanding felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance, as well as an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for driving with a suspended license.

The passenger, 27-year-old Joseph S. Williams, was also taken into custody. Police found he had a large amount of cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia, and so he was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. It was also discovered that he, too, had an outstanding warrant for escaping community custody.

Both men were booked into the Spokane County Regional Jail – both of whom are previously convicted felons, most recently including crimes of felony possession of a controlled substance, felony unlawful possession of a firearm, vehicular assault and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

Spokane Police is now thanking witnesses and bystanders for jumping into action to help identify and subdue the suspects. The investigation is still ongoing, so SPD urges anyone with information to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.