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Man arrested after high-speed chase


A 26-year-old Nespelem man was arrested and jailed in Grant County after a high-speed chase through parts of four counties on Saturday night.

Arrested was Jory L. Vallee, who was driving a car police said was stolen. He was able to avoid multiple police cars at speeds up to 80 mph, police reported.

Police say it was the second such occurrence for Vallee, who on Aug. 12, was able to outrun police while driving a vehicle and ending up somewhere above Keller on a logging road.

Police said they are recommending that the prosecutor’s office charge Vallee with being in possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude police, vehicular assault, malicious mischief in both the first and second degree, reckless driving, driving while license suspended and reckless endangerment.

Riding with Vallee at the time of the incident was a 17-year-old girl.

The chase started when Grand Coulee officer Chris McClanahan recognized the stolen vehicle while on patrol on B Street. McClanahan pulled in behind Vallee, who took off on SR-155 and passed a second patrol car, one driven by Joseph Higgs. Both were involved in the chase, as was an officer from Colville Tribal Police.

The chase took them through parts of Grant, Douglas, Okanogan and Ferry counties.

Police stated that Vallee was arrested on the string of violations from the chase and from two warrants that had previously been issued.

Higgs’ patrol car was disabled near Mt. Tolman Fire Center, just before Vallee was arrested after running from his own disabled car.

Major damage was reported to both the vehicle Vallee was driving and Higgs’ patrol car.

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