At 0600 (6:00 am), I meet with
other members of our Joint Fugitive Task force along with detectives from
the Spokane County Investigative Services Unit. Today, we are going to
attempt to make some arrests on subjects that have been selling drugs in
the Spokane area. After a short briefing with the task force, we rallied
(met) up near to where we are going to do the “buys.” The first
controlled buy is with a known Crypt gang member who has fled from
police in the past. Today, I will be riding in the front passenger seat
of a marked sheriff’s patrol car and assisting in the apprehension of
the subjects. We park a short distance from
the location and wait to hear that the subject has made a "buy."
We rush to the location of the "buy." I see the subject and he
sees us. The subject jumps in his car and races off. We accelerate and
soon we are right behind him in our marked unit with the siren blaring
and lights flashing. The subject fails to stop. Two other patrol
cars join us and are behind us. We approach a stop light with several
civilian cars stopped at the red light. I bail out along with another
deputy from the car behind us. We run up to the vehicle to place the
subject under arrest. While we are moving toward the subjects car,
the vehicles at the red light move apart so that the police cars behind
them can pass between them. Unfortunately, this also gave
the subject's vehicle room to escape. We jump back into our
patrol cars as they are passing by and we follow the escaping
car. The driver excels to an unsafe speed so we decide to stop the
pursuit (chase). We can always get him another day. The safety of the
public is more important than the arrest. The subject’s vehicle
was found a couple of hours later and impounded (seized by court). When the vehicle was
searched, we found illegal drugs hidden inside the vehicle.
We completed two more buys this
morning and arrested two persons that had histories of selling cocaine.
The subjects are booked into the jail. Later this morning, I get to my
office and record the arrests, collateral leads from other districts,
and intelligence updates on Marshals Service forms and enter into the computer systems.
After eating lunch, I contact
other members of the fugitive task force and we hit the streets for more
subjects that are wanted. We conduct (do) several surveillances
(closely watch) on locations
of wanted fugitives, but do not see anyone. We call it a day.
It’s been a busy week and I look forward to this weekend which will
include some backpacking on Mt. Spokane.