A fleeing driver with a crime warrant crashed his car soon after Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies stopped chasing, and was later arrested and detained after getting medical treatment.
Early Saturday morning, a deputy saw a Honda Accord on Hayford Road that was later determined to have license plates registered to another vehicle, which means it was probably stolen.
The driver of the Honda later determined to be 28-year-old Derick Shropshire, pulled a U-turn after a deputy initiated his emergency lights and started running onto Hwy 2. Because of the recklessness of the escape, the pursuit was stopped.
Another deputy who had stopped after the pursuit was called off, saw the Honda speeding towards his direction. Shropshire didn’t slow down approaching an intersection, ran through a stop sign and into an RV Park where he crashed into some bushes/trees next to a building. Shropshire then fled on foot.
Additional officers got to the area and set a perimeter issuing K9 announcements. A few minutes later, a witness said he saw Shropshire running across the bridge on I-90, and he was caught.
A check of Shopshire’s name uncovered an active felony warrant (first-degree theft) for his arrest. Shopshire said he was having difficulty breathing after being advised he was under arrest, and medics assessed him before transporting him to a hospital. Multiple knives and used syringes were discovered in his pockets during a search.
Shopshire showed signs of a possible overdose amid the transport. Shropshire yelled profanities and thrashed around then spit blood on a deputy and hospital staff, adding to his charges.
Once he was medically cleared, he was booked into Spokane County Jail for attempting to elude a police vehicle, two counts of third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, and the felony warrant.
Washington State Patrol and Airway Heights Police Officers aided with the arrest.