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Report: Man with record runs after second stop


A Hill Avenue man who was pulled over by police twice the same day for driving with a suspended license found himself in Grant County jail.

James E. Goodlake, 24, is the same man Spokane police arrested there last July for possession of a car stolen from an Electric City couple.

Goodlake was stopped by Officer Tom Johnson about 9 a.m., Sept. 10, for operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended. Then at about 3 p.m., he was stopped for the same offense, this time by Officer Joe Higgs.

The second time, things got messy for the Grand Coulee man when ordered out of the vehicle and told he was under arrest. He told Higgs that he wasn’t driving the vehicle while sitting behind the wheel near Grand Avenue in Electric City.

Higgs told Goodlake several times to exit the vehicle and that he was under arrest. When he did exit, he ran across SR-155, according to a filed police report.

Higgs advised Goodlake that he was also facing charges of escape and resisting arrest.

Goodlake ran into a field of sagebrush, where he was captured by Officer Chris McClanahan, cuffed and taken to the police station for processing, all the time yelling profanities to the officers, according to their reports.

The police department is asking that the following charges be brought against Goodlake: driving with a suspended license in the third degree, two counts of third-degree escape, two counts of resisting arrest and two counts of obstructing a law enforcement officer.

And it didn’t go well for the owner of the vehicle Goodlake was driving. Riding with Goodlake on both occasions was the car’s owner, Kendra George, 20, of Elmer City, whom police say they had advised on the first occasion that if she allowed anyone without a proper license to drive her vehicle she would be charged for “aiding and abetting.” She was charged accordingly.

In December 2015, Grand Coulee police arrested Goodlake on an animal cruelty charge after witnesses reported seeing him slam a puppy to the ground. When police found Goodlake on that charge he ran from the area and was later found near the PUD offices. There was an arrest warrant out for him at that time.

Grand Coulee Police Chief John Tufts confirmed that Goodlake was also a suspect in a stolen car incident in Electric City this summer. The car was eventually found in Spokane with Goodlake at the wheel. The car belonged to Don and Sherry Constantine.

Spokane police arrested him there for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, which police believed to be heroin.

Spokane police documents indicate that he ran from officers there, too, until he ran into the back of a patrol car, denting it and dropping a key ring with about 15 car keys on it.

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