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Repeat Offender Arrested After Ramming Patrol Car

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Repeat offender, Nicholas L. Gillam, 34, who recently escaped from community custody, is now behind bars after ramming a police car with the stolen car he was driving.

On Sunday, just after 11:30 pm, Gillam was spotted in the area of Maple and Maxwell by a Sergeant with the Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT).  The Sergeant knew Gillam was wanted, that he had exhibited violent behavior in the past, and the vehicle he was driving was listed as stolen. Officers also had information Gillam was possibly armed with a handgun. When the sergeant attempted to block Gillam from leaving the parking lot he was in, Gillam intentionally rammed the police car and fled the scene. Gillam led officers on a short pursuit and was taken into custody after crashing the vehicle he was driving near Indiana and Washington.

Gillam was taken to a local hospital for injuries sustained during the collision, but was released shortly after. The sergeant whose car was struck, was not injured. After the crash at Indiana and Washington, officers were able to see what appeared to be a handgun in the stolen vehicle. A search warrant was obtained and officers determined it was a BB gun that looked like it was a real gun. Gillam was booked into Spokane County Jail for his warrant and for the new charges of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, 2nd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Malicious Mischief, and Attempt to Elude Police. His most recent felony convictions were for 2nd Degree Assault and Attempt to Elude.

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