Repeat Offender Arrested after Ramming Patrol Car

Ofc. Teresa Fuller

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Midnight

Spokane Police arrest repeat offender Nicholas L. Gillam (34), after he rammed the car he was driving into a police car. Gillam was wanted for Escape from Community Custody and the car he was driving was reported stolen.

On Sunday, 5/25/14, just after 11:30 p.m., Spokane Police PACT (Patrol Anti-Crime Team) Sgt. Kurt Vigesaa spotted Gillam in the area of Maple/Maxwell. Sgt. Vigesaa was aware Gillam was wanted, that he had exhibited violent behavior in the past, and the vehicle he was driving was listed as stolen. Officers also had information Gillam was possibly armed with a handgun. When Sgt. Vigesaa attempted to block Gillam from leaving the parking lot he was in, Gillam intentionally rammed Sgt. Vigesaa’s car and fled. Gillam led officers on a short pursuit and was taken into custody after crashing the vehicle he was driving near Indiana/Washington.

Gillam was taken to a local hospital for injuries sustained during the collision, but was released shortly after. Sgt. Vigesaa was not injured when Gillam rammed his patrol car. After the crash at Indiana/Washington, officers were able to see what appeared to be a handgun in the stolen vehicle. A search warrant was obtained and officers determined it was a very realistic looking BB gun. Gillam was booked into Spokane County Jail for his warrant and for the new charges of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, 2nd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Malicious Mischief, and Attempt to Elude Police. His most recent felony convictions were for 2nd Degree Assault and Attempt to Elude.

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