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Police arrest suspect after chase


Officer Adam Florenzen and Chief John Tufts arrest a suspected thief on the USBR pathway above Crescent Lake, following a theft at a Grand Coulee store Monday. - Scott Hunter photo

A Lake Stevens man led Grand Coulee police officers on a chase and withstood getting hit with tasers at least four times Monday morning before finally being subdued.

Arrested and taken to Grant County jail Monday was Kyle A. Simpson, 26, who had allegedly taken a number of clothing items from the Variety Store without paying for them.

Police were called and found Simpson near the trailhead at SR-155 and Federal Avenue.

Police Chief John Tufts instructed Simpson to stop, but he wouldn't. When Tufts grabbed his wrist, Simpson knocked his hand away, Tufts reported.

Tufts ended up hitting him with his taser twice, as did officer Adam Florenzen, who was assisting the chief. None of the tasers seemed to affect Simpson, who kicked Tufts in the face, according to police.

The two officers struggled with Simpson on the ground before finally getting handcuffs on him.

After he was subdued, Simpson started complaining about the tasers. He was taken to Coulee Medical Center for observation and the removal of the taser wires before finally being cleared for to go to jail.

Simpson is being charged with theft in the third degree, trying to disarm a police officer, resisting arrest, and assault in the third degree.

Officers are asking the prosecutor to add obstructing a police officer to the other charges.

Taken from the Variety Store were some socks and underwear.

When checked into Grant County Jail, the suspect gave a false name but was recognized and finally gave his correct name, police said.

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