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Spokanite arrested after high-speed chase


August 30, 2018 | View PDF

Shane Lawrence Hagedorn, 37, Spokane, was booked into jail here Aug. 22 after a high speed chase which went through downtown Pullman and downtown Palouse. The chase extended over 19 miles, and ended when Hagedorn climbed out of the silver Dodge Durango pickup truck he was driving and threw himself on the ground.

According to the arrest report filed by Pullman Officer Aaron Breshears, the chase started in Moscow where Hagedorn and another man were alleged to have stolen weed whackers.

The two were seen leaving the scene in the Durango. Moscow officers located the Durango at 2:37 p.m. and chased it to the state line. Breshears said he observed the pickup westbound on Highway 270 and the chase continued. The pickup traveled west at a high rate of speed and at times was passing in the oncoming lanes.

Breshears’ report said the pickup went through the red light at the Bishop Blvd. intersection and continued westbound on Main in downtown Pullman.

Another Pullman officer blocked a lane on Main, and the truck skidded up onto the sidewalk in the 300 block and drove approximately 150 feet on the sidewalk. It hit a bike rack and shoved it into a parked car.

The officer's report said he observed pedestrians on the sidewalk move to get out of the way of the pickup.

The Durango crossed Grand, turned onto Church Street and McKenzie Street and then continued north on Grand. More stoplights and stop signs were ignored.

The chase continued north to Palouse where officers had put out traffic cones and the Durango came to a stop just after the intersection with Highway 272.

According to radio transmissions during the chase, Hagedorn apparently called his mother during the chase and she advised him to stop. The report said he was sobbing when he was down on the ground after he stopped the truck in Palouse.

A weed whacker could be seen inside the truck cab.

Also, Breshears noted white packets were thrown out of the Durango as it headed north on Highway 27, and Deputy Bryson Aase later located the packets along the highway and determined they contained heroin. They also determined Hagedorn's driver's license had been suspended and a warrant for his arrest had been issued out of Spokane.

The report said Hagedorn refused to identify the other man who was seen with him when they allegedly took the weed whackers from Tri State.

The suspect is expected to make a first appearance in court this afternoon. He was held at the jail overnight under a $550 sum listed on an outstanding warrant.


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