GARFIELD, WA - At approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, the Garfield Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle that was driven by a male with known felony warrants. The Garfield Marshal recognized 26-year-old Taylor Shell, of Lewiston, from a recent booking photo and noticed he had several felony warrants in Washington and Idaho.
According to the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, the Marshal attempted to catch Shell’s vehicle while checking on the status of his warrants. Shell immediately started driving in a reckless manner. Marshal Handley initiated a pursuit and called for assistance from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office. Several Deputies, Palouse Police, and Pullman Police assisted in the pursuit and traffic control in the area.
The pursuit continued for approximately 15 minutes until deputies were able to successfully deploy spike strips. The vehicle continued to drive several miles on flat tires before stopping south of Palouse. Shell was taken into custody without further incident. A passenger in the vehicle later identified as 23-year-old Cassidy Stadtmiller, of Lewiston, was also arrested on a Felony warrant out of Clarkston. Deputies observed heroin and a large amount of used paraphernalia in the vehicle during the stop.
Shell is expected to have his first appearance in Whitman County Superior Court for Felony Eluding on Monday. Police say Shell has been the driver in 4 pursuits since January of this year.