A Clarkston man was arrested today after a car chase in Coeur d'Alene.
According to police, just after 3:30 p.m., members of the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force, with the assistance of a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, attempted to stop a vehicle known to be operated by a wanted felony fugitive.
The driver, Patrick S. Dalton, 30, whose last known address was believed to be in Clarkston, was wanted as an escapee from community custody out of Washington and also for a felony failure to appear warrant out of Nez Perce County, Idaho, according to a news release issued by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.
The warrant return from Washington showed Dalton’s original charge as dangerous and drug related, listing Dalton as a violent offender and a Skinhead gang member, police said. The Nez Perce County warrant was for eluding and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
When units attempted to stop Dalton in the area of U.S. Highway 95 and W. Canfield Avenue in the northern end of Coeur d Alene, he immediately attempted to elude them and a pursuit ensued, police reported.
The pursuit circled itself briefly then moved southbound on N. Fourth Street, through Dalton Gardens and back into the city of Coeur d Alene, during which Dalton allegedly drove recklessly in an effort to get away. Prior to reaching the downtown area, the pursuit turned west to Northwest Boulevard. Dalton lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and W. Hubbard Avenue, and crashed into a center median landscaping and his vehicle became high-centered, police said.
Dalton then reportedly fled his vehicle on foot and was pursued by deputies and officers from the Coeur d Alene City Police Department, who had joined the pursuit. Dalton was taken into custody after the K9 unit was able to locate and contact him. A subsequent evidence search of the immediate area showed Dalton tried to discard about four ounces of drugs believed to be methamphetamine, according to the news release.
Police said Dalton was initially treated at the scene by medical personnel as a result of his contact with the K9 unit and was taken to Kootenai Health for follow up treatment before he was taken to the Kootenai County Public Safety Building. In addition to the two felony warrants, Dalton was charged with Felony Drug Trafficking, Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and Felony Eluding.
Two passengers in the car driven by Dalton were also taken into custody without incident and transported to the PSB. Brett C. Sears, 28, of Spokane, was charged with Felony Possession of A Controlled Substance. Katie A. Gendron, 18, of Spokane, was charged with Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance and Frequenting.
Other than the K9 contact to Dalton, no persons were injured during this incident, police said. The only damage reported was to the landscaping in the center median that Dalton crashed into and the car that Dalton was driving. Per protocols, the Idaho State Police was called to the scene to investigate the crash portion of the pursuit.
Further investigation is ongoing at this time.