Driver Traveling at 100mph on Sprague Listening to “Good Music”
Attempts to Flee, Caught by K9 Bane
Spokane County Sheriff’s K9 Deputy Clay Hilton, assisted by his partner K9 Bane, successfully caught and arrested a driver he initially tried to stop for driving at or over 100mph on Sprague near McDonald Rd. in Spokane Valley. K9 Bane was deployed to run down the driver who he fled on foot after a short pursuit.
On April 22, 2018, prior to 11:00 p.m., Deputy Hilton and K9 Bane were traveling west on Sprague near McDonald when Deputy Hilton noticed a black Volkswagen, eastbound. He estimated the Volkswagen’s speed was at 100mph or more. Deputy Hilton activated his emergency lights and siren as he turned around to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle. Instead of slowing or pulling over, the driver, later identified as 19-year-old Mihail Seremet, continued to drive recklessly and began to try and evade Deputy Hilton.
As he approached Sullivan, Seremet turned into the parking lot on the southwest corner. He accelerated through the bank’s drive through lanes before turning south in the parking lot. Seremet turned west behind the business, accelerated, drove between two dumpsters and onto a dirt walking trail.
As additional Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the area to assist, Seremet reached speeds of approximately 50mph on the dirt trail as he rapidly approached Progress Rd. and a dirt mound (Kelly Hump) used to prevent vehicle traffic from accessing the trail from Progress.
Seremet did not stop, vaulting his vehicle over the mound. On the west side of Progress, he accelerated and attempted to drive over the dirt mound on the west side of Progress but the vehicle became stuck.
Not knowing if Seremet was armed or if he planned to continue his attempt to flee, Deputy Hilton exited his patrol vehicle with K9 Bane. Seremet jumped out of the driver’s door and began to run. Deputy Hilton identified himself, told Seremet he was under arrest and warned if he did not stop running, K9 Bane would be used to capture him.
Seremet, continuing to make poor choices, continued to run. Deputy Hilton released K9 Bane who quickly covered ground and made contact with Seremet, bringing him to the ground. Deputy Hilton checked the vehicle to ensure no one was hiding inside and took control of K9 Bane while assisting Deputies took Seremet into custody.
Seremet was provided medical attention prior to being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail.
After being advised of his rights, Seremet said he didn’t pull over because he was scared and thought he could get away. When asked why he was driving so recklessly and fast, he explained he was “Listening to good music and wanted to drive fast”
Seremet was booked into jail for Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle and Obstructing/Resisting Arrest.