SPOKANE, Wash. – On Sunday evening, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Spokane Police Department Officers worked together to locate a fleeing suspect who fled from a traffic stop.
Around 7:40 p.m., a Deputy conducted a traffic stop to inspect a vehicle for an altered trip permit and equipment violation. Instead of stopping, the driver, later identified as Jose Ruiz, 31, continued to drive south on Division.
Attempting to catch the vehicle, the Deputy noticed Ruiz turn east on Francis to let his female passenger get out of the car. She was not located but Deputies believe they know her identity.
Ruiz then turned south on Mayfair and continued to drive recklessly and with increased speed. Eventually, the Deputy lost sight of Ruiz after he had tuend south on Addison from Dalke. As the Deputy drove south on Addison, he observed the truck stopped in the front yard of a residence in the 6000 block of North Addison. The truck had crashed into a large tree and was abandoned.
Spokane Police Officers quickly responded to assist. Through the investigation, it was determined no one was in the vehicle when it crashed into the tree. A check of the truck’s VIN showed it had not been reported stolen and there was no report of sale. Several attempts were made to contact the last known registered owner.
With the help of K9 Gunnar, Deputies and Officers were able to track Ruiz at the intersection of Rowan and Pittsburgh.
Ruiz was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle and Driving while Suspended Third Degree.
The last known registered owner of the truck was contacted. The owner told authorities he sold the vehicle to Ruiz last January.
Further inspection of the trip permit found it was not filled out correctly and it had been altered. Ruiz was additionally charged with a misdemeanor Trip Permit violation.