Man leads deputies on extensive car chase, found hiding in tree by K9

Man leads deputies on extensive car chase, found hiding in tree by K9

A man led deputies on an extensive car chase Friday night, then fled on foot. He was found by a K9 a while later, hiding in a tree.

According to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the chase lasted over 30 minutes, starting within Spokane city limits and making its way up to the South Hill, ending in Spokane Valley.

The chase began when an officer attempted to stop a stolen car in the Garland district, concerns about public safety stopped the pursuit. The driver, identified as 26-year-old Miquel Roque, was driving recklessly and managed to avoid spike strips while driving through stop signs and red lights.

During the pursuit, Air 1 located the car, which turned south onto Highway 195 to Hatch, then back north up the South Hill.

The car continued at speeds over 100 miles per hour, making it hard for troopers to safely keep up.

After a break to refuel, Air 1 located Roque as he traveled by the Spokane Valley Mall. He ditched the car near E. Indiana and E. Montgomery, fleeing on foot. According to a report, Roque ran into an apartment complex at 2300 N Wilbur, where he pleaded with people living there to hide him. When they refused, he fled and was found by a K9 Officer a while later, hiding in a nearby tree.

Roque initially said he was hiding from his girlfriend in the tree, but an officer identified him as the car thief. Roque had a felony warrant out of Idaho for grand theft. He was booked Friday night for several counts of eluding, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of heroin, burglary, and was under suspicion of DUI.

Car chase that started in #Spokane ended in Spokane Valley with the driver ditching the stolen car. A K9 tracked him down… he was hiding up a tree. #kxly

— Kyle Simchuk (@KyleKXLY) June 8, 2019

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