Sunday Morning Multi Agency Pursuit Puts Lewiston Man Behind Bars in Colfax
Whitman County Sheriff's Office
COLFAX, WA- Shortly after 2am Sunday Morning, deputies were advised of a high speed pursuit entering Whitman County near Red Wolf Bridge just east of Lewiston, ID. ISP Troopers and Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Deputies initiated the pursuit after the driver of the vehicle failed to stop for authorities in Idaho.
Deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, Wildlife Officers and Officers from the Pullman Police Department responded to assist. The vehicle, a 2004 GMC Truck, was spotted a short time later in the Steptoe Canyon area, west of Clarkston, WA. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle numerous times including the use of spike strips. After a lengthy backroads chase, in which the driver nearly struck pursing officers with his vehicle on several occasions, he pulled off the roadway into an adjacent field, traveling out of sight of pursing officers.
Due to extreme weather conditions, wet fields and darkness, deputies waited in the area, containing the general location of the driver until daylight. At approximately 7am, using an ATV to search some of the adjacent fields in the area, deputies located the driver up and over a nearby hill, asleep in his vehicle. The driver, identified as 49yoa Robert Speer of Coeur d’Alene, ID, was taken into custody without incident.
Speer was later booked into the Whitman County Jail on charges of Felony Eluding, Assault, Trespassing and Malicious Mischief. He is scheduled to have his first appearance on Monday. Speer may also be facing additional charges in Idaho.