Wanted Man Arrested after Crashing Stolen Car

Ofc. Teresa Fuller

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 10:28 a.m.

Spokane Police officers arrested 27-year-old Devron Parrish last night after he fled from an attempted traffic stop in a stolen vehicle, nearly hit an officer head on, nearly hit a pedestrian, and crashed into another car. Parrish was wanted by the Department of Corrections for Escape from Community Custody. He was also booked in the Spokane County Jail for Attempt to Elude Police and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

On 09/29/2014, just after 11:30 a.m., officers responded to the 2500 block of E. 5th Avenue on the report of a stolen vehicle. The victim reported that an acquaintance had taken the vehicle without permission.

On 10/02/2014, just after 6 p.m., Spokane Police patrol officers spotted the stolen vehicle in the area of Montgomery/Ruby. When officers first activated their lights, the driver (later identified as Parrish), followed the law and speed limits, but did not pull over and continued to drive away from officers. Once Parrish got onto Montgomery, he sped away from officers even though they had their emergency lights activated in an attempt to pull him over safely.

As Parrish pulled away from the first patrol car in the stolen vehicle, a second patrol car spotted the stolen vehicle on Mansfield. The vehicle was approaching at such a high rate of speed, the second officer believed Parrish would crash into him head on, so he activated his emergency lights in an attempt to get him to stop. Parrish turned on to Stevens, then on to Knox and collided with another car when Parrish ran the stop sign at Knox/Howard after almost hitting a pedestrian at Mansfield/Stevens.

Parrish ran from the vehicle after the crash, but officers were able to take him into custody without further incident. Parrish was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries he sustained in the vehicle crash and then was booked into jail. He was booked on his felony DOC warrant and for the new charges of Attempting to Elude Police and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. He was also charged with two misdemeanors; Hit and Run Attended and Driving with License Suspended in the 3rd Degree.

Parrish is a convicted felon with a history of violent offenses and is currently on supervision through DOC.

Parrish will have first appearance at 1:30 p.m. today.

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