Erratic high-speed chase leads to arrest

SPOKANE, Wash. - A wanted felon was arrested Wednesday morning after leading police on a pursuit after a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop for equipment violations.

Around 2 a.m., a deputy saw 41-year-old Daniel E. Palmer in a Honda Civic traveling west on Sunset Blvd. near Assembly with loud exhaust and a missing hood. The deputy caught up to the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop as the vehicle turned into the parking lot of the Cedar Village Motel at Sunset Highway and Lewis St.

The deputy saw a male driver, identified as Palmer, and a female passenger as he pulled behind the car. The driver continued to slowly drive through the parking lot toward the east exit. Suddenly, the passenger door opened and the female fell, or was pushed out of the car. She did not appear to be injured.

The car then attempted to escape. During the pursuit, Palmer failed to obey traffic signals, and drove erratically at high speeds.

An Airway Heights police officer successfully deployed spike strips at the intersection of Geiger Blvd. and Hayford Road. Palmer was slowed down but managed to continue to flee eastbound on I-90.

Palmer then moved to the inside lane, stopped on the shoulder near milepost 274, got out of the vehicle, and laid down on the ground. Multiple deputies arrived to assist.

Two deputies approached Palmer when Palmer tensed and tried to pull his hands toward his waistband. The deputies told him to stop resisting and that he was under arrest. Palmer continued to resist and was struck in the arm twice with a deputy's knee, after which he complied.

Once taken into custody, Palmer told deputies he thought the female, who he didn't know, had drugs and had jumped from the vehicle on her own. He said he continued to flee because he was scared and knew he had a felony warrant out for his arrest.

Palmer was booked into Spokane County Jail for attempting to elude a police vehicle, resisting arrest, and driving with a suspended driver's license. He is also pending extradition to Idaho for the felony warrant.

Deputies were not able to find the female.