Hit and Run Crash leads to arrests of two previously convicted felons for outstanding warrants, possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, Hit and Run and driving without required ignition interlock.

Corporal Maplethorpe


Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 5:33 p.m.


Today, December 29, 2019, at approximately 11:45 AM, Officers responded to a collision near W 5th Ave and S Ray St.  Witnesses advised Crime Check the driver and passenger of the vehicle fled after the crash.  Other witnesses followed the two who attempted to enter a nearby residence to escape.  Neighbors detained one suspect while an arriving SPD officer detained the other a short distance from the crash.

The driver, Harley M. James, was taken into custody and charged with Hit and Run and driving without an ignition interlock device.  He was found to have an outstanding felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for driving while suspended 3rd degree. 

Joseph S Williams, 27, was taken into custody and found to be in possession of a large amount of drugs, money and other paraphernalia (see photo below).  He was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.  Williams also had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant for escaping community custody.

Both subjects were booked into the Spokane County Regional Jail facility.  James is a previously convicted felon with his most recent felony convictions being for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm.  Williams is a previously convicted felon with his most recent felony convictions being for vehicular assault and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

SPD would like to thank the many witnesses who helped bring these fugitives into custody.  This incident is a great example of how bystanders can assist the police is keeping our community safe.  If anyone witnessed this incident, but has yet to speak with investigators, please call Crime Check (509-456-2233).

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