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Idaho Cops Nearly Crushed After Fleeing Driver Runs Over Their Patrol Car

Post Falls, ID – A fleeing suspect rammed multiple police vehicles and crushed the roof of an occupied cruiser by backing over it during a chaotic pursuit last week.

The harrowing incident began at approximately 8:37 a.m. on Dec. 29, when the Post Falls Police Department (PFPD) received a call that a man was intentionally crashing his vehicle into various structures and parked cars in the area of Williams Street and Railroad Avenue, KREM reported.

The suspect was later identified as 57-year-old Randy Ness.

Officers spotted the suspect vehicle in the 700-block of Spokane Street, but he allegedly refused to pull over and instead sped across a parking lot and rammed his car into a PFPD patrol unit, KREM reported.

Ness then allegedly threw his car into reverse, crashed into a second patrol car, and sped away down westbound I-90, according to police.

The suspect allegedly stopped his vehicle on the interstate at one point, then reversed into and over the top of a pursuing patrol unit, crushing the roof, the Associated Press reported.

Two officers were inside the patrol car at the time.

At least one PFPD officer fired his duty weapon at the suspect, who was hit and ultimately succumbed to his wounds at the scene, KREM reported.

Officials said multiple police officers were injured during the incident, although details regarding their conditions were not immediately released.

No citizens were injured, according to the Associated Press.

Investigators said Ness crashed into at least two structures, a telephone pole, and at least four vehicles during the ordeal, KREM reported.

Photos of the scene showed Ness’ vehicle on top of the patrol car, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press.

The suspect vehicle was riddled with bullet holes on the driver’s side.

Police blocked off I-90 from mile marker two to mile marker five for much of the day before reopening the roadway at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Coeur d’Alene Press reported.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting with the assistance of the North Idaho Critical Incident Task Force, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, and the Idaho State Police.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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