Man arrested after three car chases

Third pursuit ended in crash; charges include aggravated assault



JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

A man was arrested on three felony charges Wednesday night after leading police on three different car chases earlier in the week.

Robert Brown, 49, was arrested on charges of eluding an officer, aggravated assault and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Moscow Police Department Services Captain Will Krasselt said Brown had two warrants out for his arrest. Krasselt said the warrants were related to an incident in which Brown was arrested for false imprisonment and domestic violence inflicting serious injury.

He said false imprisonment is a misdemeanor and the domestic violence charge is a felony.

Krasselt said Moscow officers were making initial contact with Brown on Monday in the Walmart parking lot when Brown allegedly fled in a vehicle. He said the first chase began around 11:30 p.m.

Krasselt said officers chased Brown until the Washington state line.

Steve Hansen, WSU Police Department assistant chief, said WSU PD and the Pullman Police Department were involved in the chase in Pullman. Hansen said that chase ended when officers lost Brown along a highway.

Krasselt said the second chase began before 3 a.m. on Wednesday in Moscow. He said the second chase also led into Pullman.

Pullman Police Department Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth said Pullman officers began their pursuit of Brown as soon as he allegedly entered Pullman from Moscow. Opgenorth said Brown was allegedly driving a 2004 Chevy Suburban.

Krasselt said the Chevy Suburban was not registered under Brown’s name, but the car was not reported as stolen.

Opgenorth said officers pursued Brown through Pullman along the main roads where they reached speeds of about 70 mph.

“At one point on the north end of town, just outside of town, [Brown] spun out in some dirt, and then officers were able to see him by the driver’s wheel,” he said. “They recognized him as [Brown] and to prevent anybody getting hurt, they ended the pursuit.”

Hansen said Brown allegedly abandoned the Chevy Suburban in a WSU food service parking lot on Grimes Way. He said the car was impounded and he is unaware if the owner has retrieved the car.

Hansen said Brown allegedly stole a car in Pullman which was then allegedly used during the third car chase.

Opgenorth said the 1991 Nissan pickup Brown allegedly stole belonged to a Pullman resident. He said the owner was contacted and the car had been reported as stolen.

Krasselt said the third chase began Wednesday night in Moscow. He said Brown allegedly crashed into a police car head-on at the University of Idaho’s District Energy Plan parking lot.

“Then he backed up and drove around the vehicle,” Krasselt said. “Then he exited the parking lot and he drove across the street.”

Krasselt said Brown then allegedly hit a retaining wall when the vehicle finally stopped. He said Brown was removed from the car after allegedly ignoring officers’ commands for him to come out. Brown was then arrested by Moscow Police.

Brown was booked into the Latah County Jail early Thursday morning. Bail is not being accepted for the three felony charges related to the police car chases.