SPOKANE, Wash. - Two people were arrested early Monday morning - one on drug charges, one on a misdemeanor warrant - after a routine traffic stop in north Spokane turned tense.
Around 3:30 a.m. on Monday, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Stan Kravtsov pulled over a vehicle with expired registration tabs that was missing its rear license plate light near E. Graves Road and U.S. Route 2.
The driver of the vehicle - 35-year-old David D. Wood - pulled into a driveway in the 9800 block of N. Colfax Road and stopped. Kravtsov recognized Wood's passenger as 39-year-old Crystal E. Denny from previous contact with her.
While searching both Wood and Denny on his computer, Kravtsov learned Denny has a misdemeanor warrant out for her arrest. As Denny exited the vehicle to be detained, an unidentified male exited the residence on N. Colfax yelling that his family was being harassed. An adult female also exited the residence and both began moving toward Kravtsov who requested backup assistance through his radio.
An SPD officer arrived quickly to assist and began observing the man and woman who exited the residence. Kravtsov was placing Denny in handcuffs when he looked over and saw Wood moved his hand underneath the driver's seat and began to fidget with something.
Not knowing what Wood was reaching for, Kravtsov shouted "What are you doing? What is that?" and drew his weapon. Wood replied, "a gun" and his hand came into view holding what appeared to be a black handgun with the muzzle pointed toward the floor of the vehicle. Wood dropped the gun when Kravtsov ordered him to and followed his commands. Wood was removed from the vehicle and detained.
Wood explained that the gun was actually an airsoft gun that had its orange tip scratched off and painted black. He admitted there was a small amount of meth in the vehicle, which tested positive during a field test.
Wood said he had the airsoft gun in his pocket when pulled over and tried to place it under the seat while Kravtsov was detaining Denny. When Kravtsov noticed him, he thought it would be a good idea to reveal the gun to show it wasn't real.
Both Wood and Denny were transported to the Spokane County Jail. Wood was booked on possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine charges and Denny was booked for her misdemeanor warrant. Wood was also issued a ticket for the expired registration tabs.
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