Stolen Volvo Recovered After Pursuit
On February 19th, 2016 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies responded to a report of a stolen black Volvo traveling north on Highway 395.Â Deputy Jeff Rogers caught up to the stolen vehicle north of Monroe.
With Deputy Dan Dutton behind him to assist and Deputy Kevin Mosher positioned ahead of their location with spike strips, Deputy Rogers active his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to get the driver to pull over and stop.Â Instead, the driver, later identified as 37-year-old Seth M. Steinbaugh, failed to stop or slow as Steinbaugh drove onto the right shoulder of the road at approximately 60 mph.Â Steinbaugh had to swerve back onto the roadway as he narrowly missed a citizen who pulled over to the shoulder after seeing the emergency lights approaching.
Steinbaugh accelerated to approximately 90 mph as he continued northbound.Â In the area of Hwy. 395 and Dalton, Deputy Mosher deployed spike strips but Steinbaugh violently swerved into the oncoming southbound lanes of traffic to avoid the spikes.
In the area of Hwy. 395 north of Burroughs, Steinbaugh slowed and pulled over to the right shoulder of the road before swerving back across traffic and off the roadway.Â He stopped the vehicle in a muddy area approximately 50 feet from the roadway.
Instead of following commands to show his hands and exit the vehicle, Steinbaugh reclined the driverâ€™s seat back.Â Deputies approached and continued to yell commands but Steinbaugh failed to move and had the stereo of the vehicle blaring.
The deputies removed Steinbaugh from the vehicle after breaking the rear passengerâ€™s side window to unlock the door.Â Steinbaugh was evaluated by medics before being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement and Resisting Arrest.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
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