Finley man pleads innocent in wild police chase

By the Herald staffOctober 16, 2013 

Bail was set Wednesday at $500,000 for a Finley man accused of smashing two patrol cars after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase.

Shane Kyle DeWeber, 33, pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to two counts of first-degree assault with aggravating circumstances.

Trial is set for Dec. 9.

Sheriff's deputies were called by DeWeber's estranged wife early Oct. 8 for reports that he was pounding on her front door and trying to get through a window.

He was armed with a sword in the driveway, and ignored commands from deputies to drop the weapon, court documents said.

He led deputies on a chase topping 100 mph, before pointing his truck at two parked patrol cars and catapulting over them, documents said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Mathew Clarke and Kennewick police Officer Liz Grant were putting spike strips across Haney Road. They ran out of the way and weren't injured, though Clarke was hit by flying debris from the collision.

DeWeber crawled out and allegedly tried to attack the officers before he was taken into custody. Several reported attempts at subduing DeWeber that morning with a Taser were ineffective.

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