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Deputy nearly struck by pickup during chase

SPOKANE, Wash. – A sheriff's deputy had a close call when he was nearly hit by a pickup truck during a high-speed chase Friday in Washington state.

Police said the pickup truck involved in the chase was under investigation and being sought on firearms violations.

Police said the driver took off during a traffic stop and led officers on a high-speed chase, which lasted 20 minutes and reached speeds up to 90 mph.

As the deputy was laying spike strips, the driver swerved and nearly struck him. The deputy was forced to jump into his own vehicle to avoid being hit.

Police said they were able to stop the pickup across the border in Idaho near Stateline using a pit maneuver, which made the truck spin out in an empty lot.

The driver ran toward the Spokane River before being caught with help from a Sheriff's Office K-9.

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