K9 unit helps arrest wanted felon

K9 unit helps arrest wanted felon

Spokane Valley Deputies and a K9 unit arrested a wanted felon who fled from deputies and resisted arrest Monday night.

Just after 10 p.m. Monday night, Spokane Valley Deputy Tyler Kullman recognized the driver of an SUV in a parking lot near Coleman and Appleway as a wanted felon that deputies had searched for in the past.

Deputy Kullman followed the vehicle, which turned west on 2nd Ave. and stopped in front of a residence located in the 6900 block of E. 2nd Ave.

While waiting in the area, Deputy Kullman learned that several warrant calls had been made at the residence for a white male, William E. Crist, who had a Washington State Department of Corrections Escape Community Custody felony warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Deputy Kullman confirmed that Crist was the driver of the SUV.

Deputies searched the residence, but did not find Crist. Residents of the home, including a male passenger who had been driving in the car with Crist, said they did not know his location.

A K9 unit was called and K9 Khan found Crist hiding under a tarp and boxes on the deck.

Crist began to struggle and a small hammer type object with two sharp metal points on either end fell to the ground next to him. Deputies arrested Crist, who continued to resist.

Crist was given medical attention before being booked into the Spokane County Jail for the felony warrant and new charges of Resisting Arrest and Obstructing.

Crist said he didn’t surrender because he was tired of going to jail and didn’t think K9 Khan would find him.