Jakob Petitto Arrested for Attempting to Elude Police in Spokane Valley
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA (June 6, 2020) — The authorities arrested a 26-year-old male motorcyclist after a brief pursuit ended in a crash in Spokane Valley Thursday morning.
According to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, a man riding a black Yamaha motorcycle caught the attention of Deputy Brandon Wilson at about 8:00 a.m. The bike did not have a license plate and the rider was not wearing a helmet as he was traveling near Sprague Avenue and Havana Street.
Wilson activated his lights and siren. He tried to pull the rider over but was unsuccessful. The motorcyclist reportedly just looked back at the patrol car and then sped away on Sprague Avenue. In doing so, he blew a red light, first at Carnahan Road, and then at 5200 Sprague Avenue.
The motorcyclist was trying to pass cars in the turn lane when it slammed into another vehicle at an intersection. He briefly attempted to run away from the scene but later began to follow commands. He was later identified as 26-year-old Jakob Petitto.
No License Plate and Registration
Petitto was arrested and was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. Meantime, the driver of the vehicle he crashed into did not report any injuries.
An investigation showed that the motorcycle’s ignition was ground off. The deputies also couldn’t find its key. They attempted to contact the bike’s owner but were unsuccessful. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Petitto stole the bike. He declined to answer any questions from the law enforcers.
The authorities booked Petitto into the Spokane County Jail on a felony charge of attempting to elude police. They also issued him traffic citations for not wearing a helmet, not carrying a driver’s license, not having a motorcycle endorsement, and not having license plates and registration.
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