SPOKANE, Wash – A 23-time convicted felon is behind bars once again, after leading Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies and the Washington State Patrol on wild chases driving the wrong way down I-90 and Highway 195.
It all began when deputies saw Gregory Kroetch, 47, driving a stolen car. But when they tried to pull him over, he drove onto I-90 at Pines, heading westbound in the eastbound lanes. He got on and off the freeway a few times trying to escape, again driving the wrong way from Argonne to Sprague, then again at Fancher.
That's when Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies decided to stop the pursuit, because it was too dangerous to follow Kroetch.
However, when he drove – again the wrong way – onto Highway 195, WSP picked up the pursuit, and laid spike strips to stop him. Police say he got out of the stolen car and ran a short distance before he was caught and arrested.
They say Kroetch is also a suspect in a number of ID theft and mail theft cases.
"His obvious goal was to get law enforcement to leave him alone, so he could continue with his criminal empire, which unfortunately for him, today came to a screeching halt," said sheriff spokesperson Deputy Craig Chamberlin.
Kroetch is the same man who ran from police in late March in the Dishman Hills area, when the sheriff's helicopter Air 1 was also called in to help. That time Kroetch got away. But now, the 23-time convicted felon is in jail facing a slew of new charges. He's expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday