Local Drug Suspect Rolls Car Into Convenience Store on W. Francis - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Drug Suspect Rolls Car Into Convenience Store on W. Francis

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 24-year-old Elk, Washington man was arrested Wednesday after he rolled his Pontiac Grand Am into a convenience store building about 10 p.m. Jacob E. Bonanno was ultimately arrested for Driving while Under the Influence of Drugs and Third-Degree Driving while License Suspended.

Deputy Marc Melville was dispatched to the Shell station at 618 W. Francis after an employee called 911 and reported that a car had rolled forward and struck the building. 

Melville arrived, recognized Bonanno from prior contacts, and watched as he staggered around while washing his windshield at the pumps. He told the deputy that he had hit the concrete parking stop and not the building, and there was no damage to the car or structure.

Bonanno was exhibiting pronounced signs of intoxication, but no evidence that it was alcohol-related. The deputy summoned WSP Trooper Robert Fiorentino to the business and he and Trooper Robert Spencer, a drug recognition expert, processed the suspect for DUI.

After the troopers had left the scene, Melville spotted suspected black tar heroin in a plastic baggie on the front seat of the Pontiac. He obtained a warrant to search the car and seized the suspected heroin, syringes and other drug-related paraphernalia.

Melville met Fiorentino and the suspect at the Spokane County Jail where they booked Bonanno on the two misdemeanor charges. Felony drug charges may be filed after testing of the suspected heroin.

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