Driver’s Attempt to Flee Adds Charges in Addition to His Warrants
Early this morning, the driver of a van failed to stop for Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies in the Mead area. A Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) was used to safely end the pursuit and arrest the driver, 25-year-old Michael L. Rider, for new felony and misdemeanor charges as well as active warrants for his arrest.
On April 26, 2018, prior to 2:30 a.m., Deputies observed a white van parked near a residence in the 3000 block of E. Farwell. The Deputies, familiar with the van and residence, knew both were commonly used by Michael Rider. They also were aware Rider had multiple active warrants for his arrest to include one for residential burglary, a felony.
Deputy Brent Miller, Deputy Stan Kravtsov and Deputy Kyle Leavenworth remained in the area to observed the van and possibly contact Rider.
A few minutes later, Deputy Miller observed the van pull out and begin to drive east on Farwell. The driver, later identified as Rider, did not turn on any of the van’s lights and accelerated rapidly. Deputy Miller activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop near Farwell and Sheridan but Rider did not pull over. Several blocks away, Rider turned on the headlights and accelerated.
With Deputy Kravtsov and Deputy Leavenworth assisting, Deputy Miller activated his siren as Rider tried to evade the pursuing police vehicles. Rider failed to obey stop signs/red lights as he continued his attempt to flee.
Eastbound on Peone, near the 5400 block, Deputy Miller moved into position and executed a PIT maneuver to safely end the pursuit. The van rotated counter-clockwise and came to rest against a fence. Rider appeared to try and drive away but the Deputies positioned their vehicles to blocked the van and deny any avenue of escape.
Rider was ordered out of the vehicle. He complied with the commands and was safely taken into custody. During a search incident to arrest, a baggie containing white crystalline substance was located in his front pants pocket. The substance was later field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for Methamphetamine.
Rider was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for new charges of Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving and Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License 3rd Degree. He was also booked on the warrants for charges of Residential Burglary, Theft 3rd, Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree (DV) and Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License 3rd Degree.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
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