Deputies Recover a Pound of Meth, Heroin, and Two Pistols After a Pursuit
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested the driver of a vehicle after he fled the scene of a traffic stop. The driver, a convicted felon, was also found to be in possession of Heroin, two handguns, $4,230 in cash, and approximately one pound of suspected Methamphetamine.
On December 21, 2020, at approximately 6:50 am., Deputy Brandon Wilson observed a white Volkswagen Jetta parked on the west side of North Fruit Hill Lane, next to the guardrail, in the 4700 block. The vehicle did not have a visible front license plate as required and in an area posted with “No Parking” signs.
Deputy Wilson traveled past the vehicle, turned around and pulled in behind, activating his emergency lights and spotlight. As he approached, he noted the car was running, and the window tint was so dark, he couldn’t see inside. He knocked on the window and identified himself. A male in the driver’s seat reclined back, rolled down the driver’s side rear window.
Later identified as 37-year-old Curtis M. Jones, the male said he didn’t have his driver’s license on him. As he spoke with Jones, Deputy Wilson observed the butt end of a revolver inside the car. He told Jones he could see the gun in the back seat and to roll down the driver’s window and place his hands on the steering wheel. Jones replied, “Are we good here?” with Deputy Wilson telling him to turn the vehicle off. Jones lowered his hand, went past the ignition, as the engine began to rev as the Jetta sped away.
Deputy Wilson advised over the radio the vehicle fled the scene, and he began to pursue. Jones fled at approximately 60 mph in the posted 35 mph zone as he tried to escape. He turned west on Upriver Drive as Deputy Wilson caught up near Van Marter and Upriver Drive. Jones’ driving was reckless, but Deputy Wilson continued the pursuit with little to no other traffic on the roadway.
With Jones attempting to recklessly flee and knowing there was a handgun in the fleeing suspect vehicle, Deputy Wilson began to look for a safe location to try a PIT maneuver and bring the pursuit to an end.
With Deputy French advising he was approaching the pursuit from the opposite direction, Deputy Wilson safely and successfully conducted a PIT maneuver, causing the Jetta to spin out to the north side of the roadway. Jones immediately fled on foot as Deputy Wilson drew his sidearm and yelling for Jones to stop several times before holstering his weapon and giving chase. While Jones ran, he reached toward his waistband. Having observed the pistol in the car earlier, Deputy Wilson stopped and once again, drew his handgun, ordering Jones to show his hands. Jones ignored the commands and continued to run. After approximately 150-200 feet, Jones ran toward a small set of trees with the Deputy chasing and approaching rapidly.
Now, almost directly behind Jones, Deputy Wilson observed him throw a gallon-sized clear plastic bag to his left as he ran through the trees. In the open field on the other side, Deputy Wilson ordered Jones to put his hands up and get on the ground again. Jones partially complied, putting his hands in the air but remain standing, and started to walk toward Deputy Wilson. An additional command to get on the ground was ignored as Deputy French arrived to assist. With Deputy French covering, Deputy Wilson transitioned to his Taser while warning Jones if he didn’t follow the commands to get on the ground, he would be tased while training the red aiming laser on Jones’ chest.
Jones stopped, turned away, and knelt with his hands still in the air. Jones followed instructions and was safely taken into custody without further incident.
Jones was advised of his rights and refused to answer questions. A small plastic bag containing a black tar-like substance was found in his jeans pocket along with a large amount of money ($4,230 in 20s & 100s).
While walking Jones back to the patrol cars, Deputy Wilson located the clear plastic gallon-sized bag, which contained a large amount of a white crystalline substance that Jones threw as he ran.
A field test of the substances found showed a presumptive positive result for Heroin and Methamphetamine. The Methamphetamine showed a weight of over 460 grams (1.01 pounds). Jones’s vehicle was impounded as evidence, and a search warrant was obtained with the assistance of Detective Wang. A Ruger 9mm pistol with a bullet in the chamber but an empty magazine was recovered. Two empty 9mm casings were also located inside the car. Additionally, soft body armor in the trunk. The revolver (44 mag.), initially observed by Deputy Wilson, was later found in the front yard of a residence in the vicinity of the earlier foot pursuit by Deputy Kravtsov.
A check of Jones’ criminal history revealed he is a convicted felon (2014 conviction-Controlled Substance Manufacture/Deliver-Kootenai County) and prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Jones was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Meth, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree (2 counts), Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Law Enforcement, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.