Man who fled from police, crashed into car near Mirabeau identified

Spokane Valley Police Mirabeau Parkway

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — The Spokane Valley Police Department has identified the man who fled from police and crashed on Mirabeau Parkway Tuesday evening.

A Spokane Valley deputy saw a Ford pickup that was reported stolen driving on Indiana near Pines. The deputy turned on his police lights to alert the driver, later identified as 19-year-old Nicholas Stratton, to pull over.

Instead, Stratton sped off and led the deputy on a pursuit, driving recklessly over curbs and through roundabouts before turning onto Jackson Road and evading police. Another deputy located Stratton on Mansfield and pursued, but quickly ended the chase when Stratton started driving into opposing lanes, through intersections and endangering pedestrians.

Deputies converged near Mansfield to cut off Stratton’s escape routes, but learned he had instead crashed into a car on Mirabeau Parkway, gotten out of the truck and ran.

A deputy got out and chased Stratton down, taking him into custody.

The police department says Stratton, at first, gave them a fake name and date of birth while getting medical attention, but they eventually got his real identity.

Deputies learned Stratton had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest, and after learning he may have used drugs earlier in the day, officers got a search warrant to test his blood.

After the road was cleared and reopened, Stratton was booked into the Spokane County Jail for theft of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude law enforcement, hit and run, driving under the influence, making false statements to an officer, obstruction and his misdemeanor warrant.

PAST COVERAGE: Mirabeau Parkway closed while deputies investigate chase that ended in car crash