Police arrest fleeing suspect in wild Spokane Valley chase

Police arrest fleeing suspect in wild Spokane Valley chase

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Two people are in custody after a high speed chase in Spokane Valley Wednesday night.

Just before 9 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's deputy saw a white Ford F350 blow past a stop sign at Cowles and Barker.

What followed was an intense chase as deputies pursued the driver, later identified as 44-year-ld Ericka McCandless.

SCSO Air One video managed to catch the highlights.

At one point, the driver turns off of Sprague onto Herald, and hits the curbs. The deputy in pursuit attempts to black her from escaping, but she hits his vehicle and takes off again.

Deputies say at least of her tires was busted, and sparks can be seen flying from her tires.

Still, she keeps going, reaching speeds as high as 100 miles per hour, and often going the wrong direction on one-way roads.

Ten minutes later, with two tires now dead and a busy intersection approaching, deputies backed off, hoping McCandless would slow down.

As she reached Sprague and Pines, McCandless lost control of the vehicle, spinning out just east of the intersection.

But, the chase was not over.

As deputies got out of their vehicles, McCandless and a man were spotted fleeing on foot. A K-9 unit was dispatched, and the two were taken safely into custody.

According to deputies, the man claimed he was not in the car during the chase. When asked why he fled from the K9 unit, he said he was quote "drunk and high on meth and weed," and also that he had been in pursuit of McCandless as well, trying to "be the police."

Turns out, the F350 was stolen. McCandless has been tagged with several misdemeanor and felony charges, including Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and two counts of Attempting to Elude Police Vehicles. The man, identified as Justin Alderson was booked for Obstructing Law Enforcement.

A second woman who was in the car told deputies she asked McCandless to stop, but the driver refused. She was released without being charged.