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K9 and Deputies take down fleeing suspect in Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Hilton and K9 Bane took down a fleeing suspect with three outstanding warrants.

On Tuesday night, Deputy Hilton tried to pull over a man in a maroon-colored Pontiac. Instead, the driver took off, speeding through neighborhoods in an attempt to lose Deputy Hilton.

The driver, 37-year-old Shane S. Rupert, lost the officer momentarily when he drove his car into a field. A civilian pointed Deputy Hilton in the right direction, and he found Rupert’s car idling and unoccupied in the field.

Deputy Hilton called in additional patrol cars to help box the suspect in, and issued warnings to Rupert that they would deploy a K9 to track him down.

Rupert ignored the warnings, and so Deputy Hilton released K9 Bane, who led Deputies through the field and past a fence. They found Rupert hiding in an overturned truck canopy by an old shed.

K9 Bane grabbed hold of him and Rupert fought back.

Deputies eventually subdued him and booked him into the Spokane County Jail for eluding police, resisting arrest, and third-degree driving while suspended.

Rupert was found to have three outstanding warrants including driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and making false statements.



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