K-9 Chewbacca helps capture suspect for the second time this year


It was a close encounter of the second kind for a 63-year-old Soap Lake man and Grant County K-9 Chewbacca early Friday morning.

Soap Lake Police say an officer spotted Gregory Ewing on Road 2 N.E. about 2:20 a.m. driving a vehicle with a registration that had expired back in 2015.

Police say Ewing first led Officer Robert Geates on a nine-minute vehicle pursuit before he pulled into a residence in the 2000 block of Road B5 N.E. and fled on foot.

Shortly after, Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Overland arrived with Chewbacca, who quickly located Ewing.

Unlike a January encounter with Chewbacca, Ewing immediately surrendered this time.

In the January incident, Chewbacca “subdued” Ewing after finding him hiding in a field.

For his most recent encounter, Ewing was arrested for attempting to elude a police vehicle, no valid operator’s license, resisting arrest, a felony warrant and failure to renew his vehicle tabs.

Soap Lake police said Ewing told officers on the way to jail that he had just put fuel injector in the vehicle and was taking it for a short drive.