Law enforcement in Spokane reported the arrest of a man who allegedly stole an occupied car on a recent Saturday morning. The man is facing multiple criminal charges after leading police on a high-speed chase. The incident started when a man and woman stopped at a Safeway store in Spokane.
According to an incident report, the woman went into the store while her passenger remained in the vehicle. However, before she could return, a shirtless and shoeless man in the parking lot got into the van and drove off at high speed. He allegedly threatened the male passenger and, although he would not stop to let him out at first, he later forced the man out of the van, while speeding along.
Officials say the fleeing man ultimately crashed into another vehicle, at which point he proceeded to flee on foot. With the help of citizens calling 911, he was soon located and taken into custody. He now faces charges of robbery, assault, kidnapping -- all first-degree felonies -- along with drug possession and driving while impaired by drugs. No indication was given about the drug-related charges and the methods used to determine the impairment.
While this man might have a lot to answer for before the court, he will remain innocent until the prosecution can prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt. The most logical step for anyone in Spokane who faces criminal charges might be to obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can advocate for the defendant and work to achieve the most favorable outcome.