Hatchets, Cleavers & Knives Found in Stolen Car - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hatchets, Cleavers & Knives Found in Stolen Car on Spokane's South Hill

SPOKANE, Wash. - At 7:30am Wednesday Spokane Police received a call from an alert citizen about a suspicious car in his driveway, near 4400 E. 16th. When the citizen approached the driver of the car, the driver fled in the vehicle.

The citizen called police and gave a detailed description of the vehicle and the driver, included the vehicle's license number. Police discovered that the vehicle, a grey1990 Toyota 4Runner, had been reported stolen from the area 16th and Highway 195 the day before.

At 7:40am, an SPD Officer and a Spokane Valley Police Officer located the vehicle in the area of Third and Thor. The officers attempted to stop the stolen car at 5th and Ferrell. The driver continued to drive west on 5th and at Thor stopped for the red light, but then continued through the intersection against the red light.

Although the driver of the vehicle did not accelerate to high speeds, he did refuse to pull over. Officer J. J. O'Brien executed a P.I.T. (Pursuit Immobilization Technique) maneuver and stopped the vehicle. With the assistance of officers of the City of Spokane Valley and SPD, the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody without injury.

Police arrested 25-year-old Stephen J. Heidt for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. After arresting Heidt officers discovered numerous weapons, including a hatchet, meat cleaver and several knives, staged inside the Toyota. These weapons had easily been within Heidt's reach while he was behind the wheel. Officers discovered sport bags, tools and a safe that are suspected to have been stolen during recent vehicle prowlings and/or burglaries.

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