DUI Suspect Arrested After he Drives on Train Tracks, Gets Car Stuck, and Car is Hit by Train

DUI suspect drives car on to train tracks, gets his vehicle stuck on the train tracks, leaves the scene before a train collides with the vehicle, jumps down a 7-foot embankment, breaks his ankle in the jump, and is located by officers and arrested for DUI.

This morning, just after 2:50 am, Spokane Police received a report of an accident/collision involving a vehicle and a train near the intersection of S. Browne St. and W. Pacific Ave. Officers were on-scene less than two minutes after the call and determined a train had hit an unoccupied vehicle in the area of Sprague Way and Erie.  Witnesses indicated they saw two males leaving the location on foot. 

Officers located the two males, and determined the driver, identified as 24-year-old Ruben Flores drove westbound onto the train tracks until his vehicle got stuck on the tracks.  A train approached the vehicle and Flores and the vehicle passenger got out of the car prior to the train hitting the car.  The two left the scene westbound on foot and jumped down a 7-foot embankment near Sprague at Division.  As a result of the jump, Flores broke his ankle. 

Upon location of Flores and the passenger of the vehicle, officers determined the two had been drinking.  Flores was arrested for DUI and transported to the hospital for treatment for the injury he sustained jumping from the tracks.

No other injuries were reported stemming from this incident.

Spokane Police Arrest Seven-Time Convicted Felon and End Standoff Peacefully

Spokane Police arrest seven-time convicted felon, 27-year-old Jody Wallette, after he fled from police and threw a gun and drugs out the window of his vehicle while fleeing.  After a brief standoff at a home in South Spokane, officers took Wallette safely into custody.   Wallette was arrested and will be booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude a Police Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth).


Today, 8/16/14, at approximately 4:00 pm, Spokane Police located a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of 36th and Ray St.  Before officers could make contact, the vehicle quickly drove away, and the driver threw a firearm and a bag of drugs (believed to be meth) out the window.  The male driver continued to flee from approaching police vehicles, even driving into on-coming traffic.  Officers did not pursue the fleeing vehicle out of a concern for public safety. 

Spokane Police officers quickly determined a location where they believed the male driver of the fleeing vehicle to be located – a home in the 3800 block of E. 36th Ave.

Due to the violent history of the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Jody L. Wallette, Hostage Negotiators, SWAT, K-9 officers, and members of the Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT) responded to the home to safely apprehend the suspect.  Wallette is a seven-time convicted felon with convictions including Assault, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Robbery.

Officers engaged in verbal contact with Wallette and after a brief period of negotiations, Wallette exited the residence and was taken into custody peacefully.

Wallette was arrested and will be booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude a Police Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth).

Spokane Police Arrest Man for Residential Burglary & Felony Harassment (Threats to Kill); Witnesses Say He Told Them he was a Police Officer

Spokane Police arrest 18-year-old Anthony P. Brower for Residential Burglary and Felony Harassment (Threats to Kill) after he allegedly burglarized a home and threatened a victim with a replica rifle.  Additionally, it was reported that Brower was telling people in the area he was a police officer.

Last night, at 8/13/2014, at approximately 7:30 pm, Spokane Police officers responded to the report of a suspicious person in the area of 8900 N. Colton. It was reported a male had been seen carrying what appeared to be a rifle and was telling neighbors he was a police officer.

Officers located them man, later identified as Brower, and were able to take him into custody quickly and without incident. During the investigation, it was determined Brower threatened a woman. It was also determined he had burglarized an apartment in the area.

Multiple witnesses had called in to report the male’s suspicious activity and with the help of these calls, officers were able to find and quickly apprehend Brower.

Chronic Offender Arrested After Choking Police K-9 Rav

Spokane Police Arrest Chronic Offender Richard Urbanski (29) who has 10 Felony Convictions after he Chokes Police K-9 Rav.  K-9 Rav was not seriously injured in the incident.


Yesterday, 8/12/14, at approximately 4:00 pm, Spokane Police officers from the Chronic Offender Unit responded to a home in the 600 block of E. 9th Ave. to serve a Department of Corrections (DOC) Escape Warrant for 29-year-old Richard M. Urbanski. 

Urbanski is a Chronic Offender with 10 felony convictions, including convictions for Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, and Resisting Arrest.  Urbanski is considered a violent offender, who has had recent contact with law enforcement (he fled from arrest and was located by a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office K-9 several weeks ago) and officers received information he may be armed with a large knife.

Upon arrival, Chronic Offender Officers Yrigollen and Willard, Sergeants Waters and Hartman, and Officer O’Brien repeatedly announced their presence, told Urbanski he was under arrest for his warrant and told him to exit the residence.  Urbanski refused to exit the residence after repeated announcements and K-9 Officer Dan Lesser and K-9 Rav were called to the scene to assist.  

Officer Lesser made several more announcements, telling Urbanski to exit the residence.  Urbanski did not exit the residence and Officer Lesser and K-9 Rav entered the residence (after receiving consent from the homeowner) in an attempt to locate Urbanski and safely place him under arrest. 

K-9 Rav located Urbanski in a crawl space underneath a staircase in the home.  Officer Lesser could hear a struggle under the staircase and a change in Rav’s breathing.  Officer Lesser attempted to recall Rav, however Urbanski was holding on to and twisting Rav’s collar, choking Rav.  Ofc. Lesser gave additional verbal commands for Urbanski to release Rav, however Urbanski continued to choke Rav and fight violently.  A Taser was deployed and Urbanski released Rav. 

Urbanski was arrested, transported to the hospital with minor injuries, and booked into the Spokane County jail on the DOC warrant and for Harming a Police Dog.

K-9 Rav was not seriously injured in the incident.

Spokane Police Investigate Stabbing in N. Spokane

Spokane Police investigate stabbing incident; Division from Liberty to Glass will be closed for the next several hours as the investigation continues.

Tonight, 8/11/14, just before 8:40 pm, Spokane Police Patrol officers responded to a report of a stabbing near the intersection on N. Division and W. Gray Ct.

Officers were on-scene within three minutes of the initial call and located a male who had sustained several stab wounds.  The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Witnesses indicated the suspect left in a vehicle, however officers continue to interview these witnesses to gain more information. Initial information indicates the stabbing was likely not a random incident.

Division from Liberty to Glass will be closed for the next several hours as the investigation continues.

Additional Information Received Re: Homicide at N. Spokane Hotel Suspect Arrest; Investigation On-going

Spokane Police detectives have received additional information related to the man found deceased from gunshot wounds at a N. Spokane hotel.  This additional information indicates the involvement of multiple suspects in the incident.

At this point in the investigation, 30-year-old Joshua R. Smith has been released from jail and the 2nd Degree Murder charge related to this incident has been dropped, pending further investigation.

The investigation into this incident is on-going. Detectives continue to pursue leads in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

SPD Detectives Arrest Homicide Suspect 24 Hours After Incident

24 hours after a man was found dead from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a N. Spokane hotel, Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives have arrested a suspect in the case.  30-year-old Joshua R. Smith was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of 2nd Degree Murder. 

Detectives believe the victim was shot by Smith after the two engaged in an altercation related to drugs, specifically marijuana. 

Detectives believe the victim and the suspect were known to one another and the shooting was not a random incident.

Spokane Police Warn of Scam Involving Jury Duty

The Spokane Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies are receiving reports of a scam involving jury duty. Victims report they have received a call, telling them they failed to respond to a jury duty summons and now have to pay an officer money to keep from going to jail. Law enforcement officers never call people with warrants requesting payments over the phone to take care of their legal issues. If you receive calls similar to this or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

On August 6, 2014, just after 8:00pm, a man who had received a suspicious phone call. The caller identified himself as a Deputy from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect advised the potential victim that he had missed jury duty and had a bench warrant for his arrest. The suspect then went on to tell the victim he needed to get a pre-paid credit card for $1,000 and they could take care of the warrant over the phone.

This scam comes on the heels of another scam Spokane Police alerted citizens to a couple of weeks ago involving Avista where the caller demanded money for an unpaid electric bill.

In both instances, the demands were high pressure, with the threat of serious consequences, and the suspects were very specific in how the money was to be delivered.

Law enforcement officers never call people with warrants requesting payments over the phone to take care of their legal issues. If you receive calls similar to this or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

SPD’s Enhancing the Survival Mindset Classes, Level 1 and 2 Offered in October

The Spokane Police Department will offer two women’s self-defense classes this fall, free of charge.

The Enhancing the Survival Mindset Level 1 course offers participants the opportunity to learn the basics of self-defense. The course consists of a classroom portion where participants will receive information on crime statistics, situational awareness, and information on enhancing their survival mindset. Hands-on training introduces participants to defensive tactics techniques and places participants into realistic threat scenarios. A participant’s survival mindset will determine the outcome of these scenarios. Attendees must be at least 17 years old with an adult family member present to participate. There is no charge for this class.

Enhancing the Mindset Level 2 is the next step in the reinforcement and development of the survival mindset. Participants are exposed to approximately six new threat scenarios that will enhance your schemas for real life survival. Attendees must be at least 17 years old to participate and must have completed Level One. There is no charge for this class.

Level One will be held October 2nd, 6 – 10pm and again on October 16th, 6 – 10pm.
Level Two will be held October 30th, 6 – 10 pm.

Register online using this link: https://beta.spokanecity.org/police/training/

Spokane Police Safely End Standoff with DV Assault Suspect Armed with Firearm

Spokane Police safely end standoff with Domestic Violence (DV) Assault suspect armed with a firearm; A female and two small children were safely removed from the home and the suspect was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of 2nd Degree Assault DV.

Last night, 7/27/14, at approximately 10:45 pm, Spokane Police received a report of Domestic Violence with a Weapon at a home in the 2400 block of W. 14th Ave. A man, later identified as 27-year-old Jesse L. Hayden, was observed by witnesses assaulting a female, exiting a home with a handgun and pointing the gun at others outside the residence. Hayden then was observed going back into the home, with a woman and two small children, while he was still armed with the handgun.

Officers quickly responded to the scene and set up a perimeter to protect the safety of others in the area. SPD SWAT and Hostage Negotiators were called to the scene and began attempts to contact and negotiate with Hayden.

Officers made phone contact with Hayden and instructed him to come out of the home.  Initially he agreed, however he did not come out and ceased phone contact with officers.  Officers attempted contact with the female inside the residence, but there was no answer on her phone. Officers made announcements over the PA system, and continued negotiations with Hayden, telling him to come out of the home and surrender peacefully, however there was still no response.

Negotiations continued for several hours and today, 7/28/14, at approximately 5:15 am, the female who was inside the residence came out safely and advised officers there were still two young children inside the home with Hayden.

Officers continued negotiations with Hayden and at approximately 5:45 am, Hayden came out on the front porch, holding a small child. Negotiations continued and officers were able to safely take the child from Hayden.  Hayden was taken into custody and arrested without incident.

Hayden was booked into the Spokane County Jail on two charges of 2nd Degree Assault DV. He will appear in court today at 1:30 pm.

A search warrant was written executed on the residence and a firearm, similar to the one described by witnesses, was recovered and booked into the Property Evidence Facility.

This incident demonstrates SPD’s training and ability to safely de-escalate potentially very dangerous situations in a peaceful manner, without harm to victims, other members of our community, suspects, or officers.