SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies recovered a reported stolen car and made two arrests while searching for a wanted suspect in west Spokane early Tuesday morning.
Deputy Garrett Spencer was patrolling the 4600 block of S. Cheatham Rd. around 5:50 a.m. Tuesday when he observed a red Toyota Tercel with a broken headlight traveling on Cheatham.
Deputy Spencer and Deputy Lorenz Mina followed the vehicle to a driveway of a home known for criminal activity. After learning of the vehicle's license plate number and their location, Dispatch informed the deputies that the vehicle was reported as stolen. The driver of the vehicle traveled up the driveway and through a gate, initially not stopping for Deputy Spencer's emergency lights. The car came to a stop when Deputy Spencer activated his siren. With the vehicle as reported as stolen, all four occupants were detained.
The driver of the car, 28-year-old Marshall L. Fields, waived his rights and agreed to answer questions. He stated he purchased the Toyota the day prior for $400 from a woman. Fields couldn't provide a bill of sale and a key which appeared 'shaved' was found in the ignition (shaved keys are commonly used to defeat ignition locks during vehicle thefts). The vehicle was reported stolen from a Spokane residence on Friday, April 13. A check of Fields' name showed multiple active warrants for his arrest.
The front seat passenger, 49-year-old John P. Liberty, also waived his rights and answered questions. He said he was getting a ride from Fields and didn't know the vehicle was stolen. During a check for weapons when he was detained, Deputy Minz located a set of brass knuckles and two double-edged blades connected by a chain. Liberty told deputies he didn't know brass knuckles were illegal to possess. Liberty says the chained knives and blades were 'nunchucks' and he had them because they were scary to people. A check of Liberty's name showed an active bench warrant for his arrest.
Deputies located a punch tool, a pry bar, and other tools commonly used in vehicle thefts and prowlings from the vehicle. They also found a reported stolen Washington state driver's license.
The two additional passengers were released at the scene and not charged.
Fields and Liberty were booked into the Spokane County Jail. During an intake search, a small baggie of a white crystalline substance was found in Fields' pocket by a Corrections Officer. The substance was field tested and came back as a positive result for meth.
Fields was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, possession of another's identification, making/possessing motor vehicle theft tools, and his warrants for theft and three counts of first-degree trespassing.
Liberty was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon and his bench warrant.
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