Driver who intentionally crashed into police cars sentenced to 7 years in prison

A 37-year-old man from Wenatchee has been sentenced to seven years in prison for ramming his vehicle into two police cruisers in an attempt to escape arrest.

Steven Irland, in a plea deal, admitted his guilt on seven felony charges in Douglas County Superior Court. These charges include three counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm, attempting to evade law enforcement, and possessing drugs with the intent to distribute.

Irland pleaded guilty and received his sentence on Friday. At the same time, another case involving 13 charges against Irland was dropped.

After Irland’s arrest, the police discovered illegal drugs and stolen items in his possession.

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Afterward, he made a swift escape on foot but was soon caught up near a garage off Douglas Street in Rock Island, where he was eventually found.

The police dropped 13 charges, which consisted of nine felony offenses, after recovering stolen property and illegal substances. Among the items found were an E-Bike stolen from Leavenworth, a pistol grip shotgun, an AR15 rifle, around 1000 fentanyl pills, fentanyl powder, illegal mushrooms, and drug distribution paraphernalia.

The allegations of hit and run, resisting arrest, unlawful firearms possession, and multiple counts of drug possession with intent to deliver were also dismissed.

Irland pleaded guilty to seven charges and will serve 84 months for these charges concurrently, meaning he will serve the sentences at the same time, rather than one after another.

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