The North Idaho man convicted on a federal charge for a pointing a handgun at police in Pullman following a dangerous high speed car chase has been sentenced.
33-year-old Dustin Pearson of Blanchard pleaded guilty in December to felon in possession of a firearm in U.S. District Court in Spokane. Pearson was recently sentenced to just over 3 years in federal prison and was placed on probation for 3 years.
The case began on the evening of April 1st last year when a Whitman County Sheriff’s Deputy was responding to a vehicle burglary along the Snake River. Deputy Tyler Langerveld saw Pearson driving the suspect vehicle toward Pullman. Pearson failed to pull over and led Deputy Langerveld on a chase at speeds up to 120 MPH before he crashed in Pullman on Wawawai Road. Pearson ran from the vehicle and pointed a handgun at officers before hiding inside a nearby occupied apartment. He threatened to kill himself during a half-hour standoff before surrendering. Pearson told officers that he wanted them to shoot him and that he didn’t want to go back to prison.
Pearson is prohibited from having a gun stemming from a felony conviction out of Asotin County in 2017. His criminal history includes an unlawful possession of a firearm conviction in Nez Perce County from 2016.
The case was initially charged in Whitman County Superior Court locally in Washington before the U.S. Justice Department took the case in June.