Ofc. Michael Huffman
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 8:37 a.m.
On 05/07/2020, at about 8:45 P.M. a Spokane Police Corporal was at a red light on Northwest Blvd and Maple Street waiting for eastbound traffic. When the light turned green, the Corporal heard a vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed. The vehicle passed the Corporal at what appeared to be around 60 MPH.
The Corporal turned his emergency lights and sirens on to try and catch up with the vehicle. The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed weaving in and out of traffic not stopping for the police vehicle. The Corporal stopped following the vehicle at about Howard Street and Indiana Avenue due to safety concerns.
A short time later, the Corporal approached Division Street and Indiana and noticed a collision had occurred.
The driver of the speeding vehicle got out of her vehicle and pulled out a handgun. The driver never pointed the gun directly at Officers or civilians but continued to scream at everyone around. After a short standoff with the driver, she put the gun down and started to cooperate with commands. Officers were able to get the driver into custody without incident. The driver was later identified as 26 year old Amanda Lipe.
When Officer’s detained Amanda, they noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. She was later transported to a local hospital for minor injuries and to get medically cleared for jail. Fortunately no other civilians were injured during this incident.
After closer inspection of an extremely realistic looking firearm, it turned out to be just a bb gun. Amanda’s criminal history includes 2 felony convictions of assault 2nd degree.
Amanda was arrested and eventually booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempt to Elude a Police Vehicle, Driving under the Influence, Driving with license Suspended 3rd degree and Brandishing a Firearm.
This was an extremely chaotic situation with several civilians around. Officers did a great job de-escalating Amanda to drop the gun and to get her into custody safely.
Below are pictures from the incident.