Spokane

Suspect arrested after leading police on high-speed chase punches K9

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two suspects were arrested after stealing a vehicle and leading police on a pursuit before fleeing on foot Wednesday morning.

Deputies responded to a report of a stolen car in the area of the 3000 block of Spangle Waverly Road.

The victim said he was sleeping in the backseat of his car when a suspect entered the car and stole his keys before driving off in his own car out of the parking lot. The victim stated the suspect then returned to the parking lot. The victim then retrieved his keys and provided a description of the male suspect, who he believed to be high on meth, and a female suspect.

When Deputy Ortiz arrived, he saw the victim's vehicle and the suspect's vehicle, an older 4-door Lincoln, which started to pull out of the parking lot.

The deputy chased the suspect's car, which turned onto Spangle Waverly Road on high speeds, and then continued to flee southbound on Old U.S. Hwy. 195. The driver, later identified as 27-year-old Dustin D. Wegleitner, and the passenger, later identified as 31-year-old Amber L. Donnelly, reaching around inside the vehicle and under the seats.

Wegleitner began swerving back and forth at speeds over 100 mph.

North of Prairie View Road, the suspect lost control over the vehicle and struck a guard rail, went on top of it, and slid before coming to rest. Both suspects fled the vehicle on foot, east through the field.
Donnelly finally stopped running and was taken into custody. Additional deputies, including a K9 unit, arrived to assist. K9 Gunnar tracked Wegleitner approximately a mile away hiding in some bushes.

Wegleitner punched K9 Gunnar and tried to flee but was taken into custody. K9 Gunnar was not injured.

Wegleitner told deputies he had taken keys out of the victim's vehicle, and returned to it to try and take items from it when he was confronted by the victim and gave the keys back. He said he fled because the car he was driving was stolen and he had drugs which tried to swallow during the pursuit.

Wegleitner received medical attention before being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, Vehicle Prowling 2nd Degree, Harming a Police Dog, Hit & Run-Property Damage, and Obstructing.

Donnelly was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Vehicle Prowling and Obstructing.


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