Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:08 a.m.
Spokane Police arrest suspect after he flees from a routine traffic stop – leaving a trail of drugs and a gun.
On February 3, 2021, around 10:30 p.m., SPD attempted to make a traffic stop on a blue Honda for failure to signal at the intersection of N. Cook Street and E Columbia Avenue. The driver, later identified Mikaele Harter-Lupesoliai (21), fled from the Honda and ran behind a house as the car rolled to a stop. Witnesses at the scene informed SPD of the direction Harter-Lupesoliai had fled and officers detained him in the backyard of a nearby residence. He was not wearing shoes.
Back at the Honda, officers could see an unzipped fanny-pack with small baggies and money in the passenger seat.
Following the route Harter-Lupesoliai had taken from the Honda to where he was detained, officers recovered a loaded handgun, a shoe, a cell phone, and two baggies of fentanyl and methamphetamine that appeared to have been recently discarded.
Harter-Lupesoliai is a convicted felon with a past conviction for Assault 2nd degree.
Harter-Lupesoliai was transported to Spokane County Jail for Unlawful Possession Firearm 1st degree, Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer, and two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance.
After obtaining a warrant to search the vehicle, SPD discovered a wallet with multiple forms of identification for Harter-Lupesoliai as well as a loaded shotgun. Inside the fanny pack was a bag of marijuana and ten separate small clear baggies containing two individual pills of Alprazolam. This method of packaging is consistent with possession of a drug with the intent to distribute.
A second Unlawful Possession Firearm 1st degree charge was added, as was a Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver charge.