Driver of Stolen Car Arrested After Ramming SPD Patrol Car

Benjamin Green, Patrol Team 6, 509.385.3958,

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 3:45 p.m.

SPD officers arrested Lacy Drake (27) after she rammed an SPD patrol car while driving a stolen truck this morning.  She fled the scene and abandoned the stolen truck before being found nearby.

On April 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM, Spokane Police Officers Pavlischak and Voeller were investigating a stolen truck in an apartment complex parking lot at 2100 E North Crescent.  They found Drake asleep in the driver’s seat with her pit bull. When the officers woke Drake and she realized they were the police, she immediately turned on the engine and proceeded to ram a parked patrol car with enough force to push the car backwards several car lengths before fleeing the area. Drake’s sudden actions put the two officers at tremendous risk of serious injury; thankfully, they were able to get out of her way and avoid getting hurt.

Other officers located the stolen truck near Illinois/Center minutes later; it had been abandoned. An intensive search of the area resulted in Drake’s arrest near Illinois/Madelia. Her dog was taken into protective care by SCRAPS. Responding officers successfully prevented any further injury or threat to the public while quickly taking the suspect into custody.

Drake was booked into jail for the following charges:

  • Attempted 2nd Degree Assault, two counts (against the two officers)
  • 1st Degree Malicious Mischief (damage to the patrol car)
  • Attempting to Elude
  • Possession of Stolen Vehicle

Police are investigating additional items found in the truck; additional charges may be considered.

This stolen vehicle recovery began thanks to a tip from a concerned citizen who thought the truck may be stolen; a vehicle owner has his truck back tonight. Tips from all of you in our community play a major role in reuniting stolen cars with their owners. If you see a suspicious vehicle you think may be stolen, call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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