Deputies Capture Fleeing Bicyclist
On January 20th, 2016, at 11:15 p.m, Spokane Valley Sheriffâ€™s Deputies Derek McNall and Andrew Richmond were patrolling in the area of 2nd and Havana as a two man patrol unit.Â Deputy McNall noticed a male, later identified as 22-year-old Michal D. Love, riding a bicycle without reflectors and a front light as required.
Deputy McNall activated the vehicleâ€™s emergency lights in an attempt to stop Love, but Love continued to travel northbound on Havana before turning east on Sprague.Â Even after the deputies activated their siren, Love continued to flee down the middle lane of Sprague.Â As the deputies continued to follow Love, they noticed what appeared to be a weapon in Loveâ€™s right waistband area.Â Deputy Richmond yelled out of his window and told Love he was under arrest and to stop but Love did not comply.
Love turned into the Maple Tree parking lot, followed by Deputy Tyler Kullman who had arrived to assist.Â Deputy McNall drove his vehicle around to 2ndAvenue to try and cut off Loveâ€™s escape.Â Love crashed his bike into a wooden fence.Â Deputy McNall and Deputy Richmond caught up to Love as he tried to flee on foot.Â They again ordered him to the ground and Love complied.Â While on the ground, Love began reaching for his waistband and would not bring his hands out from under his body.Â Both deputies struggled and fought with Love and eventually gained control of Loveâ€™s hands, securing him in handcuffs.
A large fixed blade knife in a sheath was found in Loveâ€™s right waistband area.Â Deputies also located a glass pipe, commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, and a small baggie containing a white crystalline substance on Love.Â The substance was later field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine.
Love was provided medical treatment at the scene before he was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Obstructing a Peace Officer and Resisting Arrest.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
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