Man leads trooper on 115 mph chase, crashes near Maple & 5th

SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: The intersection is now open.

The driver has been identified as 30-year-old Athos J. Turner from Glendale, Arizona. He was driving a white Pontiac G6. It's unclear if he was wearing a seatbelt. WSP says he was taken to Deaconess Hospital for evaluation. 

He's since been booked into the Spokane County Jail, charged with attempting to elude police, Driving Under the Influence, hit and run, and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. 

Original Story:

A crash that happened near Maple & 5th in downtown Spokane is causing long delays in the surrounding area. 

A Washington State Patrol trooper tried to pull a driver over for minor traffic violations at Highway 2 & I-90 around 6:30 a.m. The man in the car kept driving, leading the trooper on a chase with speeds up to 115 mph. 

The driver then exited I-90 and lost control while trying to avoid another car. Witnesses say the car involved in the chase hit a tree, flew up to 15 feet in the air, and landed upside down near Maple & 5th.

 People in the area rushed to help the driver who, according to WSP, lied and said there was a child in the car to divert attention from himself. 

The driver, seemingly uninjured, then ran from the scene. Authorities were able to track him down and have now arrested him. He's suspected of DUI.



No one else was injured but a power pole was damaged in the crash. Avista is on scene working to repair it. 

Investigators expect to be on the scene for another 90 minutes. Traffic is backed up across the Maple St. bridge and other surrounding areas. Avoid the area this morning. 





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