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Detective arrests intoxicated auto thief and recovers a stolen car on his way to police headquarters

On May 31st at approximately 11:37 a.m. an SPD detective on his way to police headquarters downtown observed a blue 2010 Volkswagen Golf traveling southbound on 2nd Avenue near James Street.  A routine check of the vehicle’s license plates showed that the car had been stolen from a residence in the 300 block of 14th Avenue East yesterday. 

The suspect vehicle was occupied by an adult male driver and an adult female front seat passenger.  The detective, who was driving an unmarked vehicle, continued to follow the suspect while calling for uniformed patrol officers to assist him with the arrest of the suspects.

The suspect vehicle pulled over and illegally parked in the 400 block of 2nd Avenue Extension South.  The male suspect exited the car and walked into a business. 

Uniformed patrol officers responded to the scene and assisted the detective in taking both suspects into custody.

The 25-year-old male suspect (driver) showed signs of impairment and was processed for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs.  He was subsequently booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.  The detective requested additional charges on the driver for Driving With a Suspended License and DUI.  

The female suspect (front seat passenger) had an outstanding Department of Corrections (DOC) warrant and was subsequently turned over to the custody of DOC officers.